Monday, April 21, 2008

Meme | How Privileged Are You?

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.


Doc Martian said...

must read fantasy series i fergot.

that there you should put down all your other books for and read. it might be a classic in any genre... but man is it a good fantasy series.

Melwyk said...

As I read through it, I feel so VERY working class as well. Interesting!

Anonymous said...

When I first saw this meme on someone else's blog, I had to laugh at #12. Yeah, I'd say the people who dress/act like me are portrayed as subversive weirdos who are the outcast losers. Ah,well.

darkorpheus said...

Doc Martian Thanks - but I think it's out of print.

Melanie Tell me about it. I think a lot of people take these things for granted though.

Rebecca *grin* I always think of myself as a combination of the following people: Janeane Garofalo from "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion", or Ally Sheedy from "The Breakfast Club" - or Mary Stuart Masterson from "Some Kind of Wonderful"

Doc Martian said...

yeh, it probably is out of print, but its available used. i'd say 85-90% of my books are used. lots of library book sales. means i have hardcovers instead of trade pbs. :)


p.s. you should look at some reviews of it. it'll pique your interest. the series is a real sleeper... it'll creep up on you with how good it is.

Bybee said...

It's so weird that my brother and I see our upbringing so differently. I think we were pretty pampered. He said that we "came up through the school of hard knocks" and that his son will not experience any of that. I'm still shaking my head and going WTF?

purplefugue said...

Interesting meme this. I love #34 - yes, my Dad definitely made it known when the electricity bills were high, pointedly telling my sister and me to either watch TV or read, NOT BOTH! I didn't know about multi-tasking then or it would have been part of my argument. Haha!!