Linear Thinking

0C8DBED3-C2C3-4BA2-8A82-D76E5702E8FD“I don’t recommend that you carry that large of a load this coming semester,” the guidance counselor said.

“Listen,” Aaron said, “I’ve given this whole curriculum a lot of thought. As they say, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. My plan is to graduate in three years instead of four and to do that I need to take all of my classes in a very deliberate, sequential manner. I’m simply applying the concept of linear thinking to my decision.”

“But college is not only about going to classes and academic achievement,” the guidance counselor said. “Don’t you want to participate in any extracurricular activities? And what about a social life?”

“I have neither the time nor the interest in wasting my time with trash talk,” Aaron said. “It’s my conviction that my focus has to be on academics and my goal of graduating in three years.”

The guidance counselor sighed. “Well, Aaron,” she said, “I can tell that you process a great intelligence, but I fear that you’re demonstrating a serious lack of wisdom.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (recommend), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (carry), Scotts Daily Prompt (linear), Weekly Prompts (trash talk), and Word of the Day (conviction). I also snuck in a not so provocative response for my Fandango’s Provocative Question Prompt (intelligence or wisdom).

12 thoughts on “Linear Thinking

  1. cagedunn November 21, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Hey … I did that – and worked full-time as well. It’s not unwise if you stick to it, knowing the value of the end result – and some of that would be the holiday!

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  2. Sadje November 21, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    A multiple quotes post. Good one. I think some people will disagree with the theory of the counselor!

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  3. Sight11 November 22, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Reminds me of me, and right now it’s not good for me.. Behaviour wise I mean.

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      • Sight11 November 23, 2018 / 12:45 am

        The less social active you’re the less you’re likely to understand the different mindset of different people.

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  4. leigha66 November 27, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Good job on getting all the prompts done! I think the counselor had it right in the end.

    Liked by 1 person

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