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I am what I am.

From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Bold the true statements.

1. Father went to college.

2. Father finished college.

3. Mother went to college.

4. Mother finished college.

5. Have any relative who is was an attorney, physician, or professor. (All 3 in immediate family)

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. My father even collects books!

9. Were read children’s books by a parent.

10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18. Dancing, singing, violin, art, piano, and then trumpet and xylophone and flute in school.

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.

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18. The summer I worked at Surflight performing, I had a credit card since I lived at my family's shore house alone. I was 16.

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.

16. Went to a private high school.

17. Went to summer camp.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18. (Does this include private singing/violin lessons? Or educational? I never had an educational tutor...)

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels.

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them her. (Which my underage boyfriend then crashed 4 months later. Oops.)

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.

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18. I had my own line in middle school - I loooooved talking on the phone. haha.

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course. For both the SAT's and the GRE's.

28. Had your own TV in your room in high school.

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college.

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16. (Never been on an airplane!)

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. Still am. I know what it costs to heat my townhouse monthly, but that's about it.

I think I left 4 unbolded - private school, airplane, educational tutor, and multiple cruises. I chose not to go to private school though cause I wanted to be in certain programs that were happening in the public school. I was accepted and ready to go though on more than one occasion - once even b/c I was having "problems" in the public school, haha.

Hm. I guess I am what I am!!



Jan. 26th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh man! I thought I would do this, but then decided not to since I would only have "bold"ed about five of them. :( Ah yeah.. and this would be why I moved out as soon as I turned 18. My parents have good hearts but bad financial stability, and it would have been no more beneficial to me to stay living there than it would have been to move out and start my own life. They even made me pay rent to them when I turned 18!!
Jan. 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that the point of this was to show that "privileged" have better chances of 'succeeding' (as in, if they had a tutor and ACT prep courses, they'd do better on the SATs, go to better schools, and ultimately get better jobs) - and although I'm happy with the way I turned out, there are def. others who are doing just as well (if not way better!) who didn't necessarily have all the 'boldable' things.

So I guess my point was - just cause I can bold a lot - I'm still 24, looking for a full time job, working on degrees and trying to figure out life, just like everyone else!
Jan. 27th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I think a lot of it definitely has to do with the individual. While some who are "privileged", may very well succeed if they utilize everything they were given, others could just as easily take advantage of it and do awful when they are on their own.. Or, someone who is not privileged, could either follow in the same footsteps, or they could do what they need to do for themselves to succeed. I think I kinda fall in that later category..We didn't have a lot, and some days it's really frustrating and difficult to realize I've always had to work so stinkin hard for everything, it hasn't stopped me from trying to obtain and reach my goals, at least. But I can't say that some days I didn't wish it were easier, or that I could call my mom and say something like, "You know, I really could use some new clothes for work but I cant afford it, do you have fifty dollars you could spare?" lol. I don't know. I guess if it's material things I am longing for on those days, than that's not really what's important anyway in the long run. I am not really in "need" of anything ever, I think I do OK for myself, I just want more. But who doesn't?