Why do I think those scores wouldn’t get me very far today? At the time I had absolutely no appreciation for what it was about. Thirty-something years later without ever having kids to provide guidance for I still don’t understand all the fuss that is made. Back then college bound kids only had to meet one requirement – having enough money. Anyone who didn’t have plans to attend were simply too poor, lazy or lacked the necessary incentive (i.e. pushy parents). AP courses didn’t exist then and ‘college prep’ studies existed in name but I suspect their content was what you find most normal level 12th grade classes today. In spite of being woefully ill-prepared (realized in hindsight over many years) I managed to make it thru with relative ease, actually enjoyed most of it and even made the Dean’s list a couple of times.
The thought (I hesitate calling it effort or work) which began sometime during my senior year of high school about higher education was minimal and seemed to be more the path of least resistance than a grand plan with options and safety nets. I attended 2 years of nearby Junior College and then during my 2nd year chose a school to get a four year degree. So when I read yet another tale of the extremes kids/parents go to to get into the college of their dreams as early as their pre-teens or the anguish they suffer at having to settle for a ‘back-up’ institution, I shake my head and wonder was I good and didn’t realize it or just lucky?