Today, Beacon Hills High School prepares to welcome a new student! Several new students, in fact; a whole class of them. As summer gives way to fall, so too does freedom give way to restriction. Get in your seats, everyone.
"Medical research," she replies instantly.
"Art school! My dad wants me to go to Duke."
"Does Duke have a good art school, or are you not Daddy's little girl?"
Juliet laughs. "Uh. It does have a good art program. But... the Royal College of Art in London is the best in the world."
"Go. If you can. Don't let someone's opinions hold you back."
She looks at the paper, but it's time to introduce your partner to the class!
Opinions really aren't the thing holding her back...but she's not about to tell Erica that.
Does she go first? Or are there other students before them.
Other, more eager students go first, but she'll get her turn when she wants to take it.
So she stands. "So. This is Erica. She's really nice, really likes fashion and is gonna go to Paris and blow everyone's mind with her awesome medical breakthroughs."
"It's very nice to meet you, Erica. Isn't it?"
"It's nice to meet you, Erica,"
say the students.
Erica stands too.
"This is Juliet. She has family in Italy and a taste for brooding boys."
"It's nice to meet you, Juliet."
Juliet blushes but manages a small, "Brooding girls too."
The last pair to go are these two boys, who seem to be taking different attitudes to the getting-to-know-you activity.
"This is Josh. He said he'd want hair gel on the island. Hair gel."
"It's nice to meet you, Josh," Erica choruses.
"This is Stiles. He wants to be a detective, which is adorable, and his favorite fictional character is Luke Skywalker."
"Leia, I definitely said Leia. What kind of man can't pronounce Leia?"
"One that doesn't see that she is very obviously the superior Skywalker. Heathens."
"Why not both," he whispers, but they've moved on to the syllabus.
They'll be covering geology, astronomy, and meteorology. Any questions?
"Are we learning about the moon's phases?"
"There isn't all that much to learn about the moon's phases, Miss Salvatore, they're the least interesting thing about the moon. But yes, we will go over them."
Erica snickers, but says nothing.