Swiped this off Imani's blog. 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, PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.
Bold the true statements. You can explain further if you wish.
1. Father went to college
Father left school when he was 15.
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
Mother left school when she was 16.
4. Mother finished college
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
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
When I was growing up, we used the library a lot. It was only after I started working that I could afford my own books. So maybe I'm just compensating in my adult life.
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
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Actually, they tend to be portrayed as unpopular, angsty losers.
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
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
My father is not rich. But he believed in providing his children with a good education - as far as we can go. So we never had a car, and we never went on a family cruise - but my dad made sure I never had to worry about the money for my education.
16. Went to a private high school
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
Actually, I bought my first pair of jeans when I was 14. Until I was a teenager, I wore a lot of hand-me-downs from my richer relatives.
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
My parents never owned a car.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
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
25. You had your own room as a child
I shared a room with my brother until I was 13 - because after puberty my dad thought it wasn't right for me to share a room with my brother anymore.
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
Nope. In fact, I bought my first mobile/cell phone when I was 25.
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
My dad used to be a TV repairman, so we had about 6 TV sets -- he bought broken TV sets and repaired them.
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
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
Oh, if the bills are high, we would know. Dad would make sure we know.
After doing this meme, I suddenly feel very working class.