"You need a serious extracurricular if you want to look good to colleges." That was what her guidance counselor said to her, and Penelope was so upset. Sure, Art Club wasn't exactly a 100% serious club to be in, and it wasn't really technically a school-sanctioned extracurricular just yet, but so what?! Penelope didn't even want to go to college, but it was just another path she was expected to take. She was looking at Barrie University just because her friends were considering going to Barrie, but other than that, there was no way she was shooting for Ivy League, especially not with her mediocre GPA and the extracurriculars she apparently didn't have.
After her meeting with her guidance counselor, she sat in the hallway since it was her free period, wondering what other other club she possibly wanted to join. She had a list in front of her of all the clubs, with ones her counselor thought she'd be interested in highlighted, but she was interested in exactly none of them. Her counselor had had every previous Diggory and just assumed Penelope was like them, so some sports things were highlighted along with National Honor Society. Theatre was a possibilty, but Penelope was... a... terrible actress. She couldn't even keep a secret with a straight face.
Yearbook was another possibilty, but it was pretty full and Nahnie probably didn't want her messing anything up. Not that Nahnie was really like that, at all, but that was her thing and Penelope would forget to take pictures, no doubt. Okay, what else was there? At the bottom of the list, Newspaper was written in. The Baum newspaper had been pretty unpopular and chaotic over the past few years, since this one person in Daphne's class graduated, actually. She had heard they had just gotten a new editor-in-chief, and it was a new girl, so they must be really desperate! Plus, with the state it had been in, Penelope would have kind of low expectations put on her, so she could blow them out of the water. Plus, why didn't the newspaper have comics? The comics were the only good part of a newspaper, anyway.
So Penelope marched her way up to the newspaper room, trying not to get nervous about it. They'd take her, right? Did she have to apply or interview or anything? Okay, nevermind, she needed to bring like a portfolio or something. Wait... Yeah! Penelope dug through her bagpack and pulled out one of the few journals that were in there, which was actually a sketchbook full of doodles. Yes, this was perfect!!!
Feeling more confident now, she continued her march up to the newspaper room, hoping that whoever the editor-in-chief was had her free period this hour too. Knocking on the frame of the open door, she called in. "Hello?" she called, peering in to see someone standing there, but not wanted to intrude if she was busy or something.