The Age today published the tertiary offers for last year’s Year 12 students. I was in a supermarket this morning waiting to get served in the “fast lane”, while the only girl on the counter was reading the newspaper. Turns out that she was looking up to see if she got into her course.
“Did you?”, I asked.
“Yes,” she replied, as she scanned my packet of meat pies.
“Congratulations! What course?” I asked, as I handed over my cash.
“Arts-New Generation. Its the American-style course that Melbourne University is offering,” she answered as she gave me the receipt.
“Oh? I take it then there will be no philosophy, ancient history, classics, Latin etc?”, as I pocketed my change.
“Oh no, nothing earlier than 20th Century.”
“Well,” I replied, “I guess that might just qualify you to be a check-out girl.”
Was I being mean?
I have just looked up the course on the Melbourne Uni website, and perhaps it isn’t really as awful as it sounded…