I like to think of myself as an intelligent person with common sense. The first time that was reinforced was by a guy I was dating. He had the nerve to tell me I was smarter than he thought I’d be. I guess I really wasn’t that smart as I married the jerk.
That’s been recently reinforced by Don who has told me on more than one occasion that I’m one of the smartest people he knows. No wonder I love that man. But now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I never thought I was smart when I was in school.
In grade school I never studied for a test and my teachers would tell my parents I was only doing enough to get by. I always passed my tests and was happy with the B’s I received but they felt I could do more. I didn’t think I could.
In high school I never cracked a book. I’d take notes in class and do my homework but when it came to studying for a test I tried but got bored and quit. I was still happy with the A’s, B’s and C’s I got. I always seemed to know the answers when the tests came but quickly forgot all that information as soon as the test was over. I mean, nobody could tell me how knowing the periodic table was going to be useful in everyday life.
When it came time to take the SAT’s and ACT’s I was in a panic. I had to take a test that covered everything I ever learned but forgot. Because I never studied I found I didn’t know how. I’d heard of tutors and really wish I could find a way to get SSAT tutoring but had no idea where to look.
On the day of the big tests I went in with my number 2 pencils and hoped for the best. I wasn’t in the top of my class but I was in the top 25% which really surprised. I guess all that knowledge that I felt was useless had actually sunk in and was hidden in the recesses of my brain.
Now that I’m an adult and no longer worried about tests I really wish I would have paid more attention in some of those classes, especially history. So many things happening in the world today would make much more sense if I knew how things got started. All these wars going didn’t just start last month or last year. They’ve been festering for years and years and I probably heard about some of it in school. What’s happening in our own government has been going on for years and I might understand it better if I’d paid actually read that U.S History book in high school.
If I had it to do all over again I know for a fact I could be a straight A student and probably the top of my class. Heck, I could be valedictorian.