I saw this at the Noble Savage today. She got it from What If No One’s Watching, who got it from Mostly True Tales. The original authors of this exercise are Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, and Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.
Bold the true statements. You can explain further if you wish.
1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
She gave up half-way through her second year to get a job to earn money to go travelling. She doesn’t regret the travelling, but she regrets never finishing her degree.
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Attorneys. The whole family is crawling with them.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
9. Were read children’s books by a parent
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
Swimming, tennis, ballet, pottery, drama and – briefly but unsuccessfully – horse-riding.
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
I had a bank loan, which I paid off when I started working.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
I had a scholarship; my father paid the difference.
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Either bought new or sewn by my crafty grannies.
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
If original art means one of my crafty grannies’ watercolours, then yes.
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
My father owned his flat; my mother and stepfather didn’t own their house. They both own houses now.
25. You had your own room as a child
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
Not relevant for a non-American, I guess.
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Flew to Cape Town in the summer after my parents got divorced.
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
Doing this makes me realise how lucky I have been. While there wasn’t tons of money, and getting divorced didn’t help, my parents always made a plan. We didn’t have expensive holidays, a big house or shiny gadgets, but they put education, and books, first. I remain eternally grateful to them for that.