Dec 02, 2022 1:55 AM
May awakens witchily
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She makes a note of this. "Same abilities including, like, mental abilities, or do they just have the same magic and do as directed?"

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"The latter. You don't get knowledge or creativity, which means that unless someone is an exceptionally skilled summoner, a witch fighting her duplicate will almost always win."

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"That's less creepy that way. How do I... enroll... and get to... Arcadia? Also will they be able to settle everything with my normal academic records, I don't want my mom getting weird questions."

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"Weird questions from Arcadia, or from the human school system?"

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"The human school system! She's a teacher, it would be an issue."

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"You can sign up for Arcadia online. They probably have some way to handle it; they do accommodations for lots of different complications, I'm sure 'Unveiled' is one of them. But I don't personally know what it is." 

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"The Veil would normally also handle my school records? I'm so glad I don't have that, I have nothing against my school!"

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"I don't know enough about mortal schooling and how it records things to comment."

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"I guess it might happen to work without mind controlling anybody but I don't see why it would happen to be that way. I'm glad Arcadia has setups for this. I'll probably need to apply from here since it's going to presumably want HexVPN?"

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"Yeah--you'll want one of your own, eventually, but Arcadia's wifi runs off of them too."

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"I buy one from Alphazon or something?" She searches "Arcadia admissions".

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"Probably? Mine was a gift." 

Arcadia has a big college website not that different from any other, except better-organized and way more detailed.

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How unlike most college websites! It isn't claiming to be "#1 for experiential learning amongst comprehensive universities"!

She will find the application page and fill it out; they probably don't need a whole essay if they take any witch.

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They want some basic vital statistics but almost everything is optional and they do not require an essay. The form was designed to be as painless as possible, particularly for people who were not necessarily familiar with all the bureaucratic rigamarole that applying to Normal College requires. 

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May is 17 and lives in Toronto and currently attends this school and awakened today and is a wulong warlock, patronized by Lucasta, these ranks in those things, etcetera, unveiled, balance disorder, AP credits, etcetera etcetera.

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When she hits "submit," there is a brief loading screen, before the page lights up with CONFIRMED!

She is now registered at the College at Arcadia, and can sign up for classes starting at the beginning of the next cycle, in slightly less than a month's time. (She can also defer enrollment until some later cycle, if that's too short notice for her.)

To move in to campus shortly before the next cycle, she can fill out Housing Form 1-A. If she intends to live off-campus while attending, she can fill out Housing Form 1-B. If she needs to move in to campus immediately for some reason, she should fill out Housing Form 1-C. If, for whatever reason, it would be obstructively difficult for her to fill out forms, she can press this radio button and make her way to Arcadia as soon as is convenient for her for a logistical interview. 

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"I can like, tell my mom and dad what's up, right?" May asks. She will fill out housing form 1-A and check out the CLASS SELECTIONS ABOUT MAGIC.

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Housing form 1-A would like to know what kind of housing requirements she needs (there is some data about her balance disorder imported from her application but that's actually rare enough that they don't have a Standard Accomodation for that and she is going to need to be more specific if she has any specific housing requirements related to it) and what kind of roommate arrangement she's okay with ("none" is an acceptable answer but there is a note that since singles are relatively limited, please do not select that unless you actually need it, not just because you feel like it) and what kind of architectural styles she likes and so on. 

"Yes, bringing individual people in on the Masquerade is fine; family members won't even get you raised eyebrows."

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Since she can levitate now and will presumably be able to do this no problem on campus, she has no important residential accommodations, but if there is any risk that she will be grounded she would benefit in that instance from wheelchair accessibility! She is okay with having roommates as long as they are okay with frequent/constant music (often but perhaps not always over headphones), anticipates wanting lots of storage space for mana-building art stashes and ideally an architecturally art-counting building too, would like given the givens to be able to go out the window if she's not on the ground floor, otherwise isn't terribly picky.

"How many individual people?"

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She purses her lips and blows out her cheeks. "There isn't so much a set number as...a floor on how good a reason to have? If you, say, genuinely wanted to marry a hundred people over the space of a week, that would be weird but there wouldn't be any kind of consequences. If you tried to bring in a hundred minor acquaintances over the span of a month, somebody would probably step in."

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"I do not want to marry a hundred people over the space of a week," snorts May. Housing form: submitted. Classes? MAGIC classes?

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There are magic classes! All the kinds of ranked magic she's heard of have as many as several different classes about them, depending on how you want to approach them; there are holistic classes, classes specifically for one of Academic, Sorceress, or Warlock, theory classes for non-Academics, theory/overview classes for people without any ranks in the kind of magic in question, et cetera. There are also classes on wild magic, relics, and racial magics, as well as histories of various factions and other magical groups, and other things that are more magic-adjacent than strictly magical.

There are also lots and lots of non-magic classes. Arcadia offers to educate you in pretty much all the things a mundane university would, with the caveat that mundane universities are somewhat more research-constrained and cannot generally afford to have every intensely dedicated researcher teach a class on their extremely narrow special interest, and Arcadia can absolutely do that. 

There are also electives. So many electives. There is literally a class on underwater basket-weaving for some reason. 

Even aside from the way too many electives, there are also student organizations! Perhaps May would be interested in an Art Appreciation For Wulongs club?

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She would! She's gotta learn to appreciate art! She hums to herself as she scrolls through everything, choosing liberally and then pruning.

She will bookmark... Introduction to Digicasting Theory, Runes for Warlocks, Beginner to Intermediate Hexes, Alchemy Lab, Magical Anthropology Survey A-Z, Introduction to Witch History, the Newly Awakened Seminar for Warlocks, Practical Theology, The Magical Economy, Accelerated Introduction to Japanese, several art classes (Photography, Calligraphy, Sculpture, Digital Art 102, Drawing 1, Jewelry), several music classes (voice lessons, flute, piano), Great Literature Seminar, Introduction to Physics, Statistics 100, Civics for Witches, Art History of Magical Civilizations...

...Art Appreciation for Wulongs, Aerialist Club...

Okay, not needing to sleep means she can take a lot of classes especially since lots of these have slots that appear to take not-needing-to-sleep into account, but she has to drop SOME of them. She can take Japanese later, or immerse herself in it during a gap year in Japan or something, she does not need to get more in touch with her roots just because some of her roots are awesome dragons. She can put off stats. She can read great literature in her downtime and/or in combination with digicasting. Let's start the art with jewelry, since that can be worn around all the time; let's start the music with vocal tutoring since that's her failover if she loses her iPod. That is... fourteen classes. Still probably too many. May will axe... witch history, she doesn't need to know that this semester and anthropology will cover some of that ground. Practical Theology; she can probably just read a book on Lucasta in particular. Art History of Magical Civilizations can wait. That's eleven but the Newly Awakened seminar doesn't last all term so she'll have ten after a few sessions of it and if she is very determined she can fit all of these in around various points of the weekly schedule and still have time for coolest clubs and enough opportunities to drop in on others if they call out to her.

Digicasting, runes, hexes, alchemy, anthropology, seminar, econ, jewelry, voice, physics, civics. She shows Penelope her selections. "Does this look reasonable given that I don't have to sleep?"

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Penelope looks at the list. "Assuming you really like school and are very smart, yes." 

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"I really like school and am very smart, and I will drop stuff if any of it sucks, they appear to have a very generous add/drop."

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