Summer is the time to treat yo self after a stressful semester. But some of us aren't so lucky. Some of have to make the difficult decision to sacrifice our summers in the name of our education. Those of us who have done this before know that there are a few people you always meet during your summer classes. And, hey, if you recognize yourself on this list, it's probably a sign that you've been through too many Summer semesters.
1. The Summertime Slacker
Like a distant memory, you'll meet this person on the first day of class and then never again until you walk out the door. They'll ask you for a pen and for the prof's name, still write the year as '2014', and then be the first one done the exam. You might see them at Reggie's when it reopens in the fall, but you'll definitely never see your pen again.
2. The Overachiever
They're always in class, they're always full of energy, they're always asking questions. What the actual fuck. Even though you can't manage to process thoughts after getting so much information thrown at you - Summer brain is a real thing, folks - this person somehow manages to ask a million relevant questions and stay after class to converse with the prof. And if they get a B on an exam or paper? Unacceptable. They're your hero. They're your enemy. You don't know what to think.
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3. The McGill Student
Catch them starting every sentence with, "I go to McGill, and..." Even though they're technically a Concordia student for the summer, they won't have any issues about comparing Concordia to McGill in every. single. aspect. Prof asks the class a question? "At McGill, the questions go deeper. " Water fountain out of order? "At McGill, this would never happen." Let it go, friend. You're one of us now.
4. The Graduate
This poor martyr has given up their last real Summer in order to get their degree ASAP. It's a noble sacrifice. You can definitely tell that they're a little more miffed at being there than your average student - but can you really blame them? This is the final hurdle. They can taste the job offers. They're so close, yet so far.
5. The Almost Graduate
Probably even more angered at their situation than The Graduate. The stars are not aligned for this student to make a good choice. Usually they have their last 6-7 classes to complete, and so if they don't take a class or two now, they're stuck for a whole extra Winter semester. They're thinking for the future but that doesn't mean they can't be grumpy as balls about it.
6. The One Who's Just There For Their Friends
Catch these students taking up most of the back row, so that when they whisper and laugh during the lecture everyone can hear them. It's rude. It's annoying. You'd tell them off about it, except you're not that type of person. Plus, you're just a touch envious that they had the foresight to take a class with what appears to be their entire group of friends.
7. The One Who's Just There To Make Friends
This person thinks that class is more of a social experiment than anything else. To be honest, they might not even be wrong. They'll talk to you during the first class and you'll leave thinking you've bonded, only to come back that week and see that they're sitting with other people and making other friends. It'll sting. The first cut is the deepest.
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8. The Serial Failer
This is their third time taking the class and they've had to get special permission from the department to do so. They got lucky that this course was even offered during the summer. Things will go great at first, but towards the middle they'll probably lose that spark of motivation and just stop coming. Will another F even damage their GPA at this point? Godspeed, friend. Godspeed.
9. The One With The Full-Time Job
You know they have a job because they'll tell you ... a lot. But even if they don't, it's kind of obvious by how much more valuable they think their time is than yours. They might leave class early to make it to work or show up ten minutes late. Either way, you're not sure if you should respect or envy them for juggling both school and work. Maybe both? Both is good.
10. The Smoke Break Taker
Summer classes are sometimes longer than regular ones. But this person's figured out a fool-proof way to get through the lecture: leaving, frequently. They're in and out of class every half hour, and every time they come back they smell a little bit like cigarette smoke (and booze, if they're doing it right). At a certain point they just don't bother coming back. You like to think they've been sacrificing the last twenty minutes of class to go day drinking, but who truly knows?