You know, she used to be all for me joining Greenpeace after I graduated from high school, but now she's read some study that shows people with higher degrees are able on a whole to get more accomplished with their lives and she's gotten it into her head that I need to get a PhD in marine biology or some such crap. I reminded her that by the time I got that far in my educational experience, the way the world's going there won't be any whales left to save, but she isn't buying it. So of course, now after months of sending back all the brochures colleges have sent, she's become a fanatic and I've started on my path to college about six months later than everyone else. It's a fucking nightmare. Sure, applications are a hell of a lot easier for me to fill out than for most people since most essays are stuff like, "What are your plans for the future?" which is just duh for me, but so much work... of course, I can't back out because mom says she'll stop lending me the car to go to demonstrations if I slack off and a rally against animal experimentation is happening this weekend.
Right now Oberlin is the only place that's looking tolerable. They have a vegan menu and at least I'll be around like-minded people. Ohio is kind of flat though. Well, that and there isn't a body of salt water around for about five hundred miles. Hopefully the visit will make me realize the place isn't as desolate as it looks in the brochure (no matter how they try and disguise it).
I'm trying to come up with a new catchphrase. No one pays attention to me when I say "Straight-edge forever!" anymore. I'm trying to bring about awareness of healthier lifestyles, after all, and what good are all my efforts if everyone just ignores me?