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Discussion in 'Education & Learning' started by Yvonne Smith, Nov 4, 2015.
You know what Bonnie? I bet we would have!!
Certainly I enjoyed high school life and also college life. I had many friends in high school and since we were in an all-girl's school, friendship is easier because there were no boys to be jealous of. During summer we would be converging in our houses alternately each day just for bonding. Until now I am still in touch with them although some are already living abroad.
With college, we also have a group that became close - it is a mix of boys and girls. It was really fun to stroll in downtown Manila after classes especially when the sun is cooler. And guess what, we regularly watch movies when we have the budget.
My grade school years weren't fun, because I lived with an Aunt that really didn't care about my education. I was held back in the 3rd Grade due to poor grades, but up until I had to move out of her home (little case of child abuse done to me), the rest of my grade school years just didn't go that well.
Just before going into 8th Grade, Child Services put me in with distant cousins (married couple) and things turned around for me. That 8th Grade year didn't go too well for me, but this couple paid for some weeks with a Private Tutor during the summer, so I could start my Freshman year in high school. My high school years went fine, but basically the only subjects I done really good in was Typing and Speech & Drama. Anyway, I was pretty skinning and "nerdy" looking, w/very short hair. My step-father (cousin) had me get a hair cut every time he did and he LOVED short hair.
Because my step-father loved math, and worked for a lumber yard, he had me take Drafting..........of which I hated and got D's and F's in.
I did graduate, but sure wasn't in the Top 10 in my class (lol). However, during graduation ceremonies, I did get called up on stage and award the 4-Year Perfect Attendance Award. Oh yes, my step-parents made sure that I didn't miss school. One little sniffle and I had cold medicine going in me!
All-in-all, the my high school years were much better than those grade school years!
Not to get into a full family history, we traveled a lot. "A lot" could be well defined as attending 2,3 or 4 different schools in any one year.
As an example, when I was in the seventh grade (junior high) at one particular elevated thinking school I was taking (and acing) senior calculus and senior chemistry but then moved and I was forced to take 7th grade science and math and failing miserably because I was bored to tears.
All in all I loved school and learning but I was not able to stabilize my learning until I left home for the 3rd time on a permanent basis by the time I was 15.
By the time I was 17, I graduated high school and notified my dad I wanted his signature for an Army enlistment, and after the Army I worked for and received 3 post grad degrees.
For me, once I found someone who wanted to spend a little time with me and honestly teach, I in turn loved and still love to learn. Today, I still study ancient Biblical text and regularly attend internet lectures particularly in the realm of quantum neurophysical mechanics at M.I.T. Science and the math that goes with it is definitely fun!!
I love going to school and learning. In fact, i finished college the hard way. I was a working student all through my college education and paid my tuition by being a student library assistant.
Went to too many schools, due to my Mother's wanderlust
But, there were two I really liked and would have been so happy to stay - sad about that
My "very short lived" Jr. College years weren't that good either. I didn't even make it thru a full year! Some years after college, I REALLY wished I would had stayed with it and got at least an A.A. Degree. That would have definitely helped me in my career and salary.
Twice during the last 10 years, I took an online class for what I'd been working in. I really enjoyed those two classes, passed my Final Exam and got a Certificate of Completion for each. Unfortunately, employers didn't even notice those classes. They wanted a college degree or certificate from APICS. I sure didn't have the money for either of them!
Still wish I would have stuck with college when I got out of the Navy in the mid 70's
I didn't enjoy the end of summer but, overall, I enjoyed school. Probably more so in elementary school than high school, but I liked high school too.
Like most kids I had good years and bad. But I have fond memories of my high school years. I was in the band, the chior, and in drama. Most of my friends were also involved in these same activities so we saw each other often. I have run across these friends on facebook and we loosely keep in touch ahtrr 40 years.
My school when I was a kid was my hiding hole. It is where they would find me most. My favorite spot were the steps of the stage in the quadrangle. After class, instead of going home or going to other places, I would stay after classes and sat on the steps of the stage where I would read and review my lessons for the day while other kids and classmates are on the ground playing with each other. It was on those steps where I would eat and savor my packed lunch or meal. It was where they can find me crying if my teacher have scolded me. I used the spot as meeting place with my grade school friends and classmates Nira & Gilda (believe me they were still my friends up to this age, over 4 decades ago.) as we share gossips and talks about our crushes and pet peeves.
Honestly, the first-fourth grades were difficult. I began liking school more in Middle School, largely because I had a school girl crush on my Speech Teacher, he's now on my FB page though happily married as am I. Thankfully, he was one of the good guys and never treated me inappropriately though he could most likely tell I really "liked," him. In fact, I went to Summer School solely because he was teaching the program. Although, it was pretty fun when my cousin Gary spontaneously jumped out of an airplane over the athletic field during the Summer, he was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team. While the kids all suggested "yeah right, sure.." It was even funnier when the teacher asked my cousin to speak to the class about skydiving. At that time, he saw me and said, hey I see my cousin back there - "Hi Sharla." - lol - Nice, huh? As for now, I love learning through free online classes, and in the over 50 program here at Humboldt State University. My husband is in the over 60 program in acting and has been in 3 student films in the last 3 semesters. I'm on my way to learn about dance programs being offered in the Spring when I turn 60 and can join in the actual classroom lectures and programs as my husband. We have a great program for Seniors 55 and then 60 and over here. I am also currently enrolled in one online Philosophy class through Saylor for a grade and certificate. Whereas, I am also going to audit a different type of Philosophy class (MIT) starting on the 29th so I'd have to say I definitely love school now more than in the past. Though, when it comes to the classes I've taken on site at Harvard Extension University, and the Distance Learning I did here at Humboldt for credit/grade in 2003, the courses were tough but I definitely did better than expected, and most often better than in High School so I definitely tend to love learning now more than ever' as it keeps my spirit alive and my brain stronger than otherwise - Cheers!!!!
6th. grade Science teacher, great guy named Peter Switkin, came to our house one afternoon, talked to my Mother, noting my extreme interest in Science and Math, very little in Humanities, encouraged her to get me into a "college prep" curriculum when entering H.S. At that time, I had a toy Bazooka, almost as large as the real thing, which threw out a "rocket grenade" across the room, via a spring-loaded plunger. Mr. Switkin explained to me how they really worked; he had used one in Korea. Explained how they are "recoil-less". I ate it up!
6th. through 8th. it was mainly Chemistry. Fall of 8th. grade, POOF, mixing stuff with my mortar and pestle, 2nd. degree burns on face, serious psychological repercussions upon returning to classes. I did get the college prep, though, Biology and Algebra I 1st. year, Physics second year, Alg. II and Chemistry 3rd., Trigonometry and College Algebra experimental course, which I failed, 4th. Along with failed English! I attended an extra semester, did not graduate with my class, but took English, the only course mandatory to make up, Machine Shop, and Psychology I. The Psychology teacher took me aside, wondered why I was taking an extra semester, understood fully when I told him Miss Elliot had failed me in English. He confided by showing me his records book, pointing out my IQ which was included there. He believed it to be 20 points higher, made me feel good. They sent my Diploma in the mail, in January.
After the 8th. grade burn injury, the exciting direction went towards high voltage experiments. I learned how to wind transformers producing thousands of volts. My basement "lab" looked like Professor Frankenstein's! I have an old picture of it, I'll try to find it. Built my first Tesla coil Sophomore year, it lit fluorescent tubes held in hand from 5 feet away. My friend Ron, having General Science, entered it in the Science Fair, took first place. 'Course, they thought he built it. I could not enter as I did not have General Science. Thank Lionel electric trains for establishing from age 6 or so on, how to work with electricity, I wired everything up myself. Of course, in High School, it became cars, the faster the better.
I got real good at aggravating my Dad by doing things like taking some of the "guts" out of his automatic transmission, disassembling them, then putting the stuff back together and reinstalling. Those years explain why I have never had to have anyone else service any of my automobiles, no matter the degree of repair. Saved a lot of dough, which I have no doubt was squandered elsewhere.
Thanks for staying this long! Frank