School Daze

school bus

Maggie assigns us questions today for this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday. I’m happy to hear that Lauren is doing well.

1. What do you remember as the most interesting required reading assignment you had? What class was it for?

I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which was required for one of my college classes. I’ve read it again since. Way back high school, I enjoyed The Lady, or the Tiger, a classic short story.

2. Were you required to write a book report or were you required to give an oral presentation? What do you remember about it?

We probably had some kind of test or quiz. It’s hard for me to remember specifics from a zillion years ago! I wrote loads of papers, but I don’t recall details, except that in high school I typed them in our freezing cold basement.

3. What did you consider the worst book or article you were required to read? What made it the worst?

I hated Beowulf because it was SO BORING.

4. Were you ever required to debate other classmates? If so, what class was it for? Do you remember any of the subjects and your ‘side’ of the debate?

Yes. I had speech in both high school and college. I took the pro-choice position in high school and pro animal rights in college. I did better in the first one because my opponent was an idiot.

5. Were you ever required to do a science project or enter school science fair? What was your project? Did you do it alone or did your parents help you? If you were graded, how did you do?

I made a colorful model of the universe with styrofoam balls. It was horrible. I think I did this alone, but I’ve blocked most of it from my memory.

Planets universe world

6. Did you have a Home Economics class or a Wood/Metal Shop class? What types of things did you make?

Girls had to take home economics in high school; boys had to take shop. I’m not complaining because I would have hated shop more. I made clothes on a sewing machine and then we had to model them at the end of the year. My dress came out way too short and this was not deliberate, though I can just imagine what today’s girls might make on purpose and that’s probably why there’s no more home ec! My pantsuit came out great, but that’s because I snuck it home and had my mommy finish it.

7. Did you frequent the library? Was it for class work or for pleasure? What book that you read for pleasure had the most impact on you?

I went to the library all the time for both work and pleasure. The books I read for pleasure were mostly from the store though. I stayed up all night to finish The Flame and the Flower when I was 14 ~ this is a rapey romance novel by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I probably shouldn’t have been reading it. I do believe that soaking my brain in these bodice rippers at a young age warped my outlook on relationships.

romance novels

8. What was your most creative class? Band? Chorus? Art? Drama? Writing? What standout creative project do you remember most?

Writing. I don’t remember writing anything particularly creative back in high school. In college, I wrote a short story about a job that eventually morphed into a monster and is now known as “that book of long short stories” I never finish.

9. Were you required to write a term paper or an end of year report in any of your classes? Did you remember what you wrote about?

Probably. No. Oh, in college I wrote an essay about (the lack of) women’s rights in romance novels for a class in feminism. That was fun, but no matter how clearly I saw that these books were a bad influence, I was still addicted.

10. Bonus Question: Did your teachers ever offer extra credit assignments ? Did you do them to help improve your grade?

Probably. I’m sure I did them all because I was an overachiever, but I received A’s regardless.

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8 responses to “School Daze

  1. Beowulf definitely tops the list as the most boring book. I had to read that one, too, didn’t enjoy it one bit.

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  2. Your mention of Beowulf has me recall when my daughter’s class read it in high school. They all loved it because they all dressed in costume and did some sort of play around it. I guess the teacher made it fun. I read my parents’ copies of True Romance or True Crime – they were bodice rippers, too!

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  3. Funny, I mentioned Beowulf as one of the epic poems that I was really into. Maybe because of monsters and dragons.

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