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High SchoolCarson Phillips: "High school, society's bright idea to put oppressive, naive youth into one environment to torment and emotionally scar each other for life. We have the cheerleaders, and then the athletes, and of course, worse than detention, the writers club. I remember when I realized that I was different."
In a narration, Carson Phillips gives a quick overview of his high school experience. Carson always saw himself as different, something that was not a good thing in his eyes.
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I've Got to Get Into NorthwesternMs. Sharpton: "Welcome to career day here at the counseling center."
Carson Phillips: "I know the exact career that I want."
Ms. Sharpton: "What is it, munchkin?"
Carson Phillips: "I want to be the editor of the New Yorker and the youngest freelance journalist to be published in the New York Times, LA Times and the Chicago Tribune."
Ms. Sharpton: "Okay!"
Carson Phillips: "I've got to get into Northwestern."
Ms. Sharpton: "Never heard of it"
Carson knows what he wants to do with his life. His goals are clear. Too bad his high school guidance counselor, Ms. Sharpton, is completely clueless.
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Writers Club Homecoming FloatCarson Phillips: "I tried selling some ad space to local businesses but I had no takers… Oh, you look like s***."
Malerie Baggs: "Why couldn't I have won something like that?"
Claire Mathews: "Okay, I don't know what you're wearing but I have some bad news. The truck pulling the cheer float's engine just died so they're taking yours."
Malerie Baggs: "Excuse me?!"
Claire Mathews: "Oh, um, my apologies but you know homecoming's nothing without the cheer float."
Carson Phillips: "Okay so go take the athlete's float away. I mean, they pride themselves on running around like mules anyway."
Claire Mathews: "My decision's final."
Malerie Baggs: "Final, well, okay, at least we had fun making it."
Carson Phillips: "No, they're gonna see this float if it kills me."
Despite getting the short end of the stick, Carson is determined to get the same amount of respect for his writers club homecoming float as the other groups receive. This however is not something that will happen on its own.
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A Literary MagazineMs. Sharpton: "You want to impress them you're going to have to submit something else."
Carson Phillips: "Like what?"
Ms. Sharpton: "What about a literary magazine?"
Carson Phillips: "A literary magazine?"
Ms. Sharpton: "You can inspire others to write while writing yourself."
Looking for help as to how he can impress the admissions office at Northwestern, Carson seeks guidance from Ms. Sharpton. For once, she does have a good idea. She suggests that Carson create a literary magazine.
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BlackmailCarson Phillips: "So many people to blackmail, so little time."
Malerie Baggs: "But how are we going to blackmail all of them?"
Carson Phillips: "Some will be much easier than others."
Since getting his peers to write for his literary magazine is not happening easiy, Carson resorts to blackmail to get people involved. Thankfully for Carson, he has Malerie there to help him with this.