Welcome to the Random Student Interview. Do I know you?

Illustrations by Megan Mulholland

Hey! How’ve you been?

(Woman keeps walking)

Hey! Haven’t seen you in a while!

Umm …

Do you know who I am?

No. That’s why I wasn’t stopping.

Well, I don’t know you either. I just wanted to know if you wanted to do the Random Student Interview.

Maybe. What’s that?

It’s a really fun thing to do for three minutes. Like sex.


Cool. So what’s your name?


Year and school?



No. Engineering, actually.

Oh cool! Girl in Engineering! I’ve stopped a lot of people and I haven’t gotten that yet. Do you get people freaking out a lot?

Some people don’t believe me.

Good thing? Bad thing?

Both, I guess. When it’s in the context of: ‘There’s no pretty Engineering girls,’ then, you know.

That’s a good thing, then!

But when people think that I’m not capable, like, ‘Oh, you’re an engineer?,’ it’s kind of offensive. It’s a mix. Sometimes more good than bad.

OK. That’s fun. Did you really think I knew you from somewhere? When I first stopped you?

I thought that at first you might’ve thought that you knew me, but I was pretty sure that I didn’t know you.

OK. OK. I was going to take it a lot further, but I couldn’t follow through.

What were you going to do?

Well, I could tell you were going to leave, but I was going to ask you about someone specific as if we had a mutual friend or something and just see how long you’d talk to me.


And if you would’ve been a guy, I could’ve said something like: ‘Hey, why didn’t you ever call me back? I thought we had something special.’

Oh gosh.

Yeah, but everyone probably would’ve just crab walked away like you wanted to.


Go ahead and do that now.

– Mikaela is an Engineering senior.

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