The annual Engineering Science Formal was this past weekend, and although it is the engineer prom, as usual it was overrun with people from other faculties. For all those non-engineers, it’s not as easy as you think to get a coveted ticket to wait in line for 3 hours and spend 30 minutes in Grant Hall.
First of all, it is a hunger games style-problem to get a ticket, where guests must enter a lottery to get chosen as tribute to participate in the event. It is a large honour to be chosen, as you get to be part of the 17.6% exactly (we did the math) of non-engineers present at the event. We also determined that of that 17.6%, only 2% actually make it into the room. In a 200 year old building full of engineers, only the strong survive. I had journeyed to the tea room like a Tibetan Monk looking for answers, but I didn’t have any luck, so I unfortunately had to go and socialize at the actual event. It wasn’t hard to pick out the non-engineers, I just asked anyone not wearing a GPA what they did to get into the event.
“I knew right when I got into Queen’s in first year that I wanted to go to sci formal so I agreed to do XXX in first year and have been milking it till now” – Astrophysics major.
“I showed up to enough engineering classes to convince the entire year that I was one of them. I currently have a job lined up with the FBI to work as an undercover agent when I graduate” – over confident method actor, Drama major.
“I avoided paying the 150 dollars for a ticket by convincing commerce frosh that they would get 5% added to their grade for every dollar they invested in my kickstarter campaign” – Commerce TA.
“Told 15 eng frosh they each had to do one hour of volunteer work for to get their GPA’s, but only if they went as me” – Con. Ed, practicing letting the children do their work for them.
“I camped out in the ilc for 5 straight days to protest the waste of wood in the construction of the stage, but some sleep deprived engineer bought me a ticket at 2am so i said yes” – Environmental Science major.
“I bought a large overcoat and let an actual engineer go on my shoulders”- Phe-Kin in bulking season.
“Just kept repeating the phrase “matlab was so hard this week’ until someone who was desperate for a date asked me because they assumed I was an engineer’- Fine Arts major.
“Told an engineer they could be my token engineer running mate in the next AMS election if they took me as their date”- third year Politics major.
“I’m actually just dating an engineer”- the only person in a mixed relationship.
*cannot confirm accuracy of statistics in article