One of the things most likely inspire me to humiliate myself is the fateful combination of “getting-to-know-you” and adrenaline.

On that note, the scene was Fair Oaks Shopping Center at the 2013 Mason Ambassadors Dynasty Scavenger Hunt. Simply put, a student organization I belong to has internal competitions between its ‘dynasties’ (like the houses at Hogwarts) for eternal glory, bragging rights, etc., and this scavenger hunt was one such competition. As a freshman, I am only just getting to know many of the students in the organization, even within my dynasty, and so it was that I was paired up with a girl with whom I was largely unacquainted- whom I shall refer to by the alias “Blair” because it makes me feel artistic to rename her.

Blair and I had a couple things to do before we met up with the rest of the group. One of the items on the list we had taken charge of required video evidence that one of us had, in fact, gone into a bathroom stall and then shouted “Corn! When did I eat corn?” Leaving aside all questions on the maturity of those putting together the list, we headed to the bathrooms chatting a combination of strategy and acquainting ourselves:

BLAIR: Aren’t you a Theater major?

ALEXANDRA: Yes! Well, I’m a double major, actually. So not just Theater. Also Global Affairs. And Theater. So yeah.

BLAIR: Okay, so I vote you have to do the bathroom one because I am not yelling that in front of a bunch of people.

ALEXANDRA: Ha! Yeah, totally. That probably won’t even be the worst thing I’ve ever had to do in a public bathroom!

A very awkward pause.

ALEXANDRA: Um. I mean.

BLAIR: You’re kind of funny.

ALEXANDRA: Yeah, I know.

End Scene

And cue my blush and our mutual discomfort. Of course, actually completing the task was a serious ice-breaker, and it all turned out fine. But this is how it should have gone:

The girls weave briskly through the crowded mall.

BLAIR: Aren’t you a Theater major?

ALEXANDRA: Double major, actually! Theater and Global Affairs.

BLAIR: Okay, so I vote you have to do the bathroom one because I am not yelling that in front of a bunch of people.

ALEXANDRA: (Laughing) And of course I’d be thrilled to make my regional debut in a toilet stall? What you must think of Theater majors!

BLAIR: Oh, I just meant-

ALEXANDRA: Guilty, of course. I love an audience.

BLAIR: You’re kind of funny!

ALEXANDRA: I try.

End Scene

I would feel so much better about myself right now.