What was your college experience like? Were you involved in any clubs, groups, etc? If you did not go to college what was your experience like after high school?
When I was in college, I was married, dealing with severe endometriosis, and working full time (I did a quarter at the University of Utah, then a year and a bit at Tarrant County College several years later, and then finished up at UTA years after that). There was no time for clubs and groups. But I loved it—loved being in college, loved learning new things. I even loved taking exams unless they were for astronomy where the professor was, literally, a rocket scientist. I was inducted into 3 honour societies–one in the community college I attended for a year and a half or so, and the two others in uni.
I had this awesome professor, Dr. Lacey, for multiple classes. He was also my advisor. I love him madly. He taught a Shakespeare class that made people really annoyed, because he’d give us these quizzes at the beginning of each class on the material we were supposed to have read since the last class. And they were silly little trivia things, like how many hops did Cleopatra take through the town. Fortunately, I did well on most of the quizzes, although I still don’t know (nor do I care) how many hops she took. And I’m a master at writing 5 paragraph essays, so I always aced the exams. I also did a whatchamacallit class with him, conference class, was it?, where he and I met in his office to set the assignments and turn in papers, etc., and it was on mysteries/detective fiction. So the fact that I totally adore Lord Peter Wimsey is due entirely to Dr. Lacey’s making me read Dorothy L. Sayers (thank you, thank you, thank you!).
I also had a professor who taught a Chaucer class, and he and I also did a whatchamacallit class on Dante. Again, thank you. I loved La Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy. And my Chaucer studies led me to Boethius, whom I also adore, which led to my embarrassing myself by quoting Boethius (as translated by Chaucer) in a thank you note to C., one of my deepest and bestest friends.
I hated math. Hated, hated, hated it, which meant that I put it off to the very end. And I had to study like mad so I wouldn’t have to take bonus dumbass math (for no credit) to get into the dumbass math (for credit). And so it wouldn’t screw up my GPA, Izzybella and I did our math classes at the community college, where the credits would transfer but the grades wouldn’t affect us. We did statistics, and I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it. I think I pulled a B in that class. And then we had to do dumbass math at a different campus, and we had an absolutely horrible teacher. I think that his understanding of mathematical principles was so advanced that he hardly knew how to explain it to dummies like us. Fortunately, my husband is really good at math, as well as being good at explaining it to dummies like us, so thanks to his patient tutoring, Izzy and I managed to pass dumbass math and graduate. Yay!
I was inspired by a political science professor to apply to work on a committee or something in my town, and actually got to serve for a year on the Parks & Recreation Board. So that was interesting. I don’t know that I’d want to make it a career or anything, but it was fun to see how things worked behind the scenes.
So college/uni was a great experience, and I really loved it.