Almond’s Credentials (Part 1)
Knowledge was something I had always craved, which was why I was so excited to go off to University, just like my ancestors had done. Being the first of my siblings to attend was also an achievement but mainly down to Maple unfortunately failing her final year at college, twice, thus having to stay behind until she would eventually pass.
Due to the increase of students at Simstate University, a brand new hall of residence had been built; it’s modern appeal made a change from the vintage style halls that had plagued the campus since goodness knows when.I settled in swiftly and even gave football a small try with one of my roommates.Despite his skinny build, he was a brilliant athlete and quite possibly could have given my brother a run for his money.Over the next few months I did my best to work and study hard.However, distractions soon took shape in the form of a guy called Gary Clyde, a second year Fine Arts student whom worked part-time around the campus as a magician.The fact he managed his own mini-business and schedule instantly appealed to me, and soon enough I was chatting to him about profits and margins instead of drinking myself stupid and dancing provocatively, like most other students.In classes, my concentration soon started to diminish.Things soon got heated after Gary confessed his attraction for me And that’s when I started to panic. I couldn’t afford to mess up my degree, but at the same time I didn’t want to throw a guy like Gary away.In the end, I turned to my love guru roommate, Mimi and expressed my woes.‘Aren’t you supposed to be the smart one? You can still date Gary and get a decent degree; just don’t burn the candle at both ends.’‘I guess,’ I sighed, ‘it’s just the uncertainty of things that’s worrying me.’ ‘That’s the point of life, hun, no one truly knows what’s going to happen. Anyway, I’ll snap him up if don’t, so hop to it.’The next time I saw Gary, I wasted no time reciprocating his feelings.His warm smile literally melted my heart, and I realised, to an extent, I still had control over my future and what I wanted to achieve. Juggling a relationship with a career, it wouldn’t be at all easy, but if my own parents had managed it then I knew I could too.After that, I learnt how to relax and take things easy, whilst maintaining a decent attendance record and assessment grades. Most my ancestors had managed it after all, so what did I have left to fear?Oh, that’s right, Maple!