I walk down the aisle of the pet store, quietly slipping past other customers as they hold onto their small pups. My eyes dart from shelf to shelf as I search through the products, determined to complete my homework assignment. The objective: to find the parasite preventive aisle and take notes on active ingredients for a variety of drugs. After a few minutes of searching, my group located the dog preventive aisle and began taking notes on all the products that we could find. Easy enough, right? Wrong!
One specific part of the assignment did not go according to plan. To prevent people from using the Internet to find drug information, the teacher wanted us to take a picture of ourselves standing with the products. Even though this sounds simple enough, there was one caveat. With a group of five members, it was impossible to get a selfie with all of us in it along with shelving units filled with products. At this point, there were no other customers around to help, so one of my friends went off to find one of the employees.
Unfortunately for our group, the first person she ran into was the store manager. He did not approve of the photos, even when one of his associates mentioned that many other students had come in to do the same thing. With the manager still in the vicinity, we all stood around thinking about what to do next.
At that precise moment, a few classmates of ours just happened to appear at the end of the aisle, one of whom used to be an employee at the pet store. They had already completed their assignment, and brought us over to the cat section to get our picture. After almost an hour in the store, we had our photograph in hand and another veterinary school assignment complete. Now it was time to go back and study for other classes…. after looking at all of the adoptable kittens, of course.