What were you like in high school? What extracurricular activities, if any, did you take part in during high school? Did you consider yourself a writer?
I was a complete dork in high school. Of course, I thought I was all that and a bag of chips, so it’s only in looking back that I see my complete dorkitude. I never had many friends because I was too shy to make them. And I always crushed on guys who were either completely inappropriate or completely unattainable.
We were still living in Georgiafor 9th and part of 10th grade, and moved to Texas during my 10th grade year. It was a huge adjustment, and not one that was easy to make. InGeorgia I’d been in honours classes, but there was no room in the honours classes in my school inTexas, so I got shuffled pell-mell into whatever classes were available. The worst was English, because I did/do consider myself a writer, and got put into an English class that had been formed after the school year started. My teacher told me that the other teachers were supposed to take a random sampling of students to send to her class, but instead the trouble-makers or people who weren’t all that great in English got put into it instead. I loved that teacher. She went out of her way to help me out. During most of the grammar units, I was able to keep reading and doing book reports instead, as long as I passed the exams. And when they were doing diagramming, she made extra long and complicated sentences for me to diagram. She was awesome.
Then we moved to another town inTexas, and I had to switch schools again. It was hard and it sucked and I hated it. I did enjoy getting to take swimming as a PE class, though, and learning how to play water polo was fun.
And then we moved to another town in the DFW metroplex area a few months before the end of my senior year. My parents didn’t want me to have to change schools just for a few months, so for the rest of that school year, I drove my brother and sister toPlano(fromKeller) every day. Of course, I usually arrived too late for my first class, and frequently skipped one of my afternoon classes to hang out with a friend. That went on until my poorly forged excuse notes got me caught. Well, that or they called my parents to find out why I was missing psychology ever day.
I didn’t do any school-related extra curricular activities, because, as I said above, I was too shy. I thought about doing drama at my mother’s suggestion, but I was too scared to put myself out there. And when I was in one school I was involved in vocational office education, which was kind of cool. I got school credit for working at the customer service department inSears.
I did, however, get involved in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. It was kind of like being in the Navy Reserves, only for teens. We had a two-week training period every summer, and then spent one weekend a month on the base. I learned a LOT, made some fantastic friends who helped me get through those awkward years, and learned a bit about journalism by working in the base newspaper office and then, later, by doing a monthly newsletter for our squadron.
Would I want to go back and re-live my high school years?
Ha. Ha-ha-ha-ha—-wait a second, I just fell on the floor laughing hysterically.
Not a chance, babe. Not a chance.