Pause while Professor Bella pulls up Penny's transcript. Penny is smiling blankly at Professor Bella. Longer pause while Professor Bella frowns at Penny's transcript. Penny continues smiling blankly.
Professor Bella: "Penny, I see you are enrolled in Inner City Community College's generic does-not-really-do-anything-for-you associate's degree program. Students who want to transfer, especially those who would like most of their classes to transfer, too, should NOT be in that program. If you want a career in the medical field where you need a Master's Level of education, you need to be in a pre med program when you get your bachelor's degree. So this program, over here in the STEM Sciences, is your best bet."
Penny continues smiling blankly, although her smile is now a little less broad, and she has a little wrinkle between her brow. She says nothing, so Professor Bella continues.
Professor Bella: "These two science courses you took? You got a C- in both. That grade won't transfer. So you need to take those again. You should try for an A as this is, as I said, a very competitive program. So, my first advice is to retake the first of those sciences again next semester."
Penny has stopped smiling. She sits up very straight in her chair.
Penny: "Well, I have just had it with those science classes for now. And I did very well in my two psychology classes, my three pre composition remedial English classes, and my public speaking class. Will that help me get into the program?"
Professor Bella shifts in her seat so that she is entirely facing Penny. She wants her to really listen.
Professor Bella: "Penny, of course those good grades mean something. You should be proud of those Bs. But for the STEM science program here at Inner City, you only need one social science. Your public speaking class can count as an elective, but as you see, you don't have many of those available in this program. You need more four credit science and math classes. And you need a C or better if you want them to transfer. But as I said, you need a higher grade than a C if you want to get into that program at a four year college. Also, you should take your first Composition class next semester."
Penny seems upset. She shifts in her seat. She is now looking more out the window than at Professor Bella. Professor Bella is thinking of what other programs she can suggest. None of the medical field associate's programs at ICCC seem like a great fit for Penny.
Penny: "I like to help people. I saw that PAs make a ton of money. I want to be a PA. I'll take those science classes later. Can I just take something else next semester? Look, right there it says you have to have a fine art. I'll take painting and sociology. That's what I wanted to take anyway." Penny seems to have forgotten about the Comp class suggestion.
Professor Bella is exhausted, stressed, and wants Penny to leave.
Professor Bella: "Penny, you seem to like the social sciences. Have you thought about a career in Human Services?" The human services program is the biggest bunch of bullshit at ICCC. Professor Bella thinks Penny would be a good fit.
Penny: "No. I don't want that. I keep having advisers suggest that to me, but I saw how much those people make. No way. I want to be a PA." Penny has lost patience. "Don't worry. I've got it. I'll be fine." Penny gathers her things and leaves. Before she walks out the door, Professor Bella gives her a sticker that says she was advised, just as the folks at Student Services told her to do. Penny puts it on her jacket as she walks out the door.
Professor Bella breathes a sigh of relief.