You are walking down Locust.
Someone is waving at you.
You vaguely recognize them from a class you dropped last week, but can’t remember their name.
“Hey, how are you doing?”
You have a moment of internal panic:
“How AM I doing?”
The following thoughts run through your head:
“Shit. I just failed my first midterm AND I didn’t even step on the compass.”
“I definitely should not have gone drinking on a Monday night.”
“I should probably get started on my lit review.”
“I’m already out of dining dollars.”
“Shoot, what is this person’s name?”
“I’ve been running on 4 hours of sleep since NSO”
“I’ve missed my CAPs appointment for the past 2 weeks”
“I’m currently running late to lab.”
“Should I take the newspaper the person near me is shoving into my face?”
“I was the only person to show up to my 3- person intro- level Italian class today.”
“My phone is at 1% and I forgot my charger.”
“Crap. I forgot my phone.”
“I should finally learn how to do laundry.”
What you actually say:
“I’m doing great, thanks!”
But it doesn’t matter, because they were actually asking the person walking behind you.