"But you can't destroy my dream!"
"Could I talk to you about my grade?"
"Sure. Come on in."
"I know I haven't been doing too well this semester and I wanted to know if there was anything I could do to get a B in this class. I have to get a B, actually a B-plus, or I can't be accepted into the major."
"Hmm, looking at your grades here. We're 10 weeks into the semester. We have about five weeks to go. You have one major assignment left and then the final presentation. You have a 61 average. Looks like you failed to turn in one whole assignment. And you've missed a lot of classes."
"I know. My family made me come home that week because my brother was in the hospital."
"Um, he needed an operation...for a hernia."
"And you had to be there? Are you a surgeon? Sorry. Just kidding. So you missed one of the six assignments and you skipped a whole week of classes. Not good."
"Is there anything I can do for extra credit or anything?"
"Not really. Your best bet is to drop the class now before the final withdrawal deadline. You're looking at a D at best. And that's only if you ace the final two projects."
"But I have to pass this class and get into this major! It's my dream!"
"Your dream is to major in public relations?"
"Judging from your work so far...."
"You can't destroy my dream!"
"Tell me something. Did you work on your high school paper? Do you keep a journal? Have you been over to the campus paper to get reporting assignments? Covered any on-campus events? Are you doing any writing at all outside of class?"
"I really haven't had time this semester."
"Name anyone who's well known in the field of public relations."
"Anyone at all. In PR."
"Tell me in a few words what `public relations' is."
"Well, um, I think it's like you work for companies and help them do events and parties, right?"
"No, that's catering and party planning. For that you go to catering school. Look, if you came to me and said your dream was to be a chef and you had never studied cooking before, never cooked a meal, didn't know a wok from crockpot, couldn't pick Julia Child out of a lineup--and you were flunking Intro to Kitchen Basics--how serious should I think you are about your dream?"
"So there's nothing I can do for extra credit?"