TITLE: Smart Chick
GENRE: YA Contemporary
I am behind the McDonald's dumpster on Fourth Street inhaling my second Big Mac of the day. I'm wondering if I'll need a third before the day is over. Every time I think about it, all I want to do is eat another Big Mac.
"We can't pay for college, Libby." Six little words. I've had my life perfectly planned out since the summer before sixth grade.
1. Straight A's
So the economy takes a dump, my dad loses his job, my college savings goes towards paying for the mortgage and avoiding foreclosure.
Boom. World, disrupted.
Libby, we can't pay for college.
In other words, if I want to reach goal number 3, I'm on my own. At first I thought, meh, I'm going to be the valedictorian. Of course I can get into Yale. I've got a 4.0! But then I read the admission guidelines.
Well rounded students. Volunteer work. A plethora of afterschool activities.
Well wasn't that just the kiss of death. I'm not well-rounded. I do one thing and I do it really well.
School. That's it.
I wipe the secret sauce from my chin, hop back on my Schwinn and pedal towards home. I keep my head down and try not to think about it anymore. Even though my gut is already aching for another Big Mac.