Thirteen Things About My Learnin'
- Every report card from kindergarten forward said I was too chatty with my neighbors. The shock!
- When I quit killing brain cells instead of going to class, I found out mid-way through high school that I enjoyed learning and that I really could "live up to my potential." Thankfully it wasn't too late.
- I took a trigonometry/pre-calculus class in high school and really loved it and even did well, but it was forgotten enough that I struggled with just the algebra on the GRE less than 10 years later.
- High school senior year, my best friend and I were annoyed with the study hall that was not kept quiet enough, so we ditched it daily and went to McD's to eat, smoke (back in those days with the flimsy foil ashtrays) and drink coffee while doing said trig/pre-calc homework.
- When I got accepted to my dream college, my mom and I danced and cried in the kitchen. One of my favorite memories. I miss her so much, and I still tear up thinking about that day.
- I college got a D in a Logic class taught by one of my worst professors. I was *devastated* by that D. I'm logical, but not in an "if A, then B; not A so maybe not B but could be" all written out like a formula kind of way when it gets all complex (and kind of useless).
- The other worst professor taught a Weather and Climate Systems class where we had to design a "green" home, including getting photos of land, drawing it out and other details that seemed far beyond the scope of what we were learning. This assignment was the only one I cheated on. I let a carpenter friend design it, and he still got me a C on the assignment.
- Not much of a "real" science kind of gal, I loved that History of Biology counted as a science class (and it was a great class).
- I also took no math classes in college. Nope. Not one. This explains my use of Maggie Math.
- Despite the D in Logic and some other little bumps, I did graduate college with honors, so I thought for sure I knew it all for awhile until I found out I didn't.
- A few years after college, I took the GRE while in Japan because I thought I wanted to go to grad school when I returned to the States, so I had to re-learn algebra (see above), and it was odd what I remembered (using FOIL to solve quadratic equations) and what I didn't (most else).
- I was accepted to a grad school program in gorgeous Monterey, CA, even after doing the phone interview in Japanese, but I wouldn't have been able to afford to live there, and I was going to pick another major that would have resulted in big loans but small paychecks, so thankfully I did not go there and then and for that.
- My degree is in English, Asian Studies and Japanese (minor). Not that you care. Neither have my employers. Smarter for someone who has to work for a living (me) would have been a degree that results in a title of ___________ (doctor, welder, electrician, nurse, teacher, any title. at all.), but it sounded all cool at the time. On the plus side, knowing the capital of Mongolia off the top of my head did help in a game of trivia once, plus I know random bits of Chinese history and can order a beer in Japanese.
Today is smoke-free day 389, and I'm still counting.
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