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Have I mentioned lately that I do research for fun...?
It's Audience Participation time at the Trevor & Jason Show:

I finally came across comprehensive enough data regarding culinary-arts schools and their curriculums to suggest that as of the present point in the story, Jason is finishing up the second year of a four-year program. Which is good to know, as these things go; however, when I sit down and reconcile the math with other dates Muse has provided, it comes out looking like he's got two full years unaccounted for after high school. Now, this isn't exactly an issue, as such: I've had the sense all along that he tried something more "respectable", his heart just wasn't in it, and he decided to transfer what credits he could in the service of making a proper go at being a chef, at the urging of his parents to at least do whatever he's going to do well.

The thing it strikes me I don't have a sense of is what the "respectable" subject was. It wouldn't be pre-law (his parents already have one pup in law school) or pre-med (ditto), and I doubt it would have been the run-up to an MBA because he wouldn't have been bad at it (part of what he's studying now is an applied business education, after all). And while theater is damned tempting, it's not exactly a "I really want to be a chef but this will please my parents more" choice...

So, the Muse throws open the floor to the question: what was Jason's original major?


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robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 7th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hm, he'd certainly have been the requisite level of miserable, but I'm trying to picture someone who basically has the temperament of a golden retriever thinking that that was ever a Good Idea... ;)
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robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 9th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, they're academics, I'm not entirely sure that they'd see that as security... :)
green_knight From: green_knight Date: September 6th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
What about a job or an apprenticeship? 'Working in a bank' is always a good one for respectable/parent-pleasing/boring. I don't suppose there's a family firm/tradition he could try to continue?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 7th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, the parents are both professors (Scandinavian Studies and Media), which is why I see them saying "we know you want to be Alton Brown, honey, but let's consider the statistical likelihood of that, maybe you should get at least a bachelor's in something dependable to fall back on first"; I suppose there's an outside chance that he might have taken a stab at something under the umbrella header of Communications like his dad, but I'm still not sure how "respectable" they'd have considered that relative to just going ahead and going for the culinary BA in the first place...
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: September 8th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
If he were Jewish, it would have been teaching. What's culturally respectable for werewolves? Ecology? Comparative biology? Alternative physics?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 9th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Veterinary school, but that's his sister's gig. :) The problem is that he's shaken out to be the Artistic Temperament of the three of them, so coming up with something that's both a viable career-oriented path and remotely plausible in-character is kind of tricky -- all of his interests are about as useful in the job market as being an English major. (For that matter I'm not entirely sure they'd have approved of teaching either, vis-a-vis being any more dependable than culinary arts training...) It has to have been something just reasonable-sounding enough to make him think he could suffer through a preliminary stab at it.
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