A cool story about something that happened today!
Let me set the scene…
So I had just finished eating lunch with one of my friends (since I have an hour break between a common core tutorial I have with her and an English Peer Tutoring session) and was putting my tray away when I feel a tap on my shoulder.
The following conversation ensues (I can’t remember it word for word but this is the general gist of it).
I’ll be R, she will be G (not going to give her real name but let’s call her… Ginny because Harry Potter :P)
~Set in an HKU restaurant~
G: “Sorry this might be a bit weird but I’m sure I know you from somewhere… did you go to a CityU mooting workshop or CUHK’s summer institute or something like that during the summer?”
Side note: I didn’t even know what a “mooting” was (it’s is a mock courtroom trial) until I googled it just now. This becomes relevant later on…
R: “You mean the previous summer? Or a few summers ago? No, I’ve never been to CityU, though I went to a CUHK medicine clinical attachment program a few years back?”
G: “No it isn’t that. Huh… you aren’t a freshman right?”
R: “Yeah, wait… what did you say your name was again?” (slightly surprised she new since most people think I’m a freshman, plus my brain is registering her as someone I know, rather than a complete stranger I have never seen before)
R: “Okay, yeah I definitely remember your face from somewhere as well, plus that name just sounds too familiar”
G: “What faculty are you in?”
R: “Science, majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity. We are in different faculties though I think, you are studying something like Law right?”
G: “Wait, how did you know that? I don’t think I mentioned that earlier”
– Note: she technically did hint toward it with “mooting” but since I didn’t know what that was at the time, I was just as surprised as she was that I “guessed” right –
R: “I don’t know, just felt it was something related to that subject… Maybe we are in the same common core class?”
G: “What do you take this year?”
R: “CCST____, about scientific revolutions and…”
G: “Nope, it’s not that… and we aren’t in the same faculty or year so it couldn’t have been a general requirement or a freshman meet up sort of thing”
R: “Yeah… huh. Because I’m really sure I’ve seen you before, you look really familiar to me”
G: “Yeah I know right? This is so weird…”
R: “Well see you around I guess, need to go tutor some people now!”
So after I finish tutoring two people (went really well) and leave, my brain immediately jumps back to trying to solve this enigma.
Doubt begins to set in.
Maybe she just looks like someone else I know, that is always a possibility.
But no, that just doesn’t feel right; maybe she’s changed her glasses or hairstyle, but I’m sure I have seen her before, like over 80% positive.
Besides, I knew what faculty she was in before she told me, and her name and face are so familiar… but I just can’t place it!
At this point, I’m slowly regretting not getting her phone number in case I do actually know her and have just forgotten for some reason.
Her number is already my contact list!
Okay, so we have established that we have met and exchanged phone numbers at some point.
We are getting somewhere with this mystery!
Anyways, after a few back and forth WhatsApp messages (where I gave her my number since she switched phones – see! Having a nearly 5-year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does have it advantages :P) we just start listing things:
Secondary schools we went to, Summer programs we did, university clubs, Extra curricular, IBDP…
Everything, anything we can think of where we met a lot of people within the past few years
After a while…It finally hits us!
We were in the same St. John Ambulance First Aid Class!
Suddenly a torrent of information comes flooding back to me (it genuinely felt like something out of a movie, like where a person with amnesia gets their memories back)
Big, general things like our instructor’s name and the names of other classmates to random little things like that fake CPR dummy we made with someone’s ipad, a backpack and a pillow we made during a practice we had outside of the formal lessons.
Something about 30 MONTHS or 2.5 YEARS AGO, that lasted maybe 24 hours over 5 or so days and my brain STILL remembered subconsciously recognized that she looked familiar, even if I couldn’t consciously recall where I met her.
What is crazy about it was that our minds were both dancing around the answer the whole time.
We knew was something that:
- Happened during the summer break
- A few years back, when we were in secondary school
- Vaguely related to one of our (intended at the time) university majors
- Had an academic element to it
- Was something that involved group work
So yeah the human brain is amazing, and Hong Kong is a pretty freaking awesome place to study since it is small enough where crazy stuff like that can happen!
That’s all for now, DFTBA!
P.S. Thinking about writing less starting tomorrow until Sunday since I have a few deadlines coming up. I’ll aim for 200 words tomorrow and make up the extra on the weekends. I’ll confirm tomorrow.