As UCF approaches midterms, many students are spiraling toward their breaking point. Benjamin Crossley, an Aeronautics Engineering major, is familiar with the sensation of losing grasp on reality and has found a coping mechanism in his friend, Ryan Machado, a UCF Business major. “Ever since Spring Semester of freshman year, Ryan and I really seem to have clicked,” stated Crossley. “Sometimes it’s difficult for people to communicate across majors, but honestly I got lucky finding Ryan.”
“I know we both have it tough right now,” said Machado. “As a Business major, I understand stress exists, and I have to be there for Benjamin when it gets to be too much for him. Benjamin would be there for me if it ever affected me that much. It’s a simple cost-benefit analysis actually, and I’ve found the perfect balance of marginal cost and marginal utility in how much time I spend with Benjamin.”
Crossley relies on Machado to get him through the hard times. “Sometimes I’m told that I become a different person when I descend into the void as midterm madness approaches,” said Crossley in abject confusion. “I find myself having the same dream over and over. I’m taking a creative writing midterm where I have to write a short story- It’s a great break from the stress of engineering — until I get attacked by a giant pen.”
The duo could last be seen together at press time, with Crossley comparing himself to a garbage can fire that had been started by another panicked student, and Machado closely nearby reassuring Crossley that “it’s called a garbage can- not a garbage can’t”.