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Senior Year Meme
Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be. For some highly variable and ill-defined value of "fun."
First, there needs to be a clarification of my "senior year". I didn't attend a high school for my senior year. Minnesota had a program known as PSEO that allowed a student to take college classes at no cost if they were qualified. Bethel College (now Bethel University) was pleased to accept me as a full-time student. This did mean that I officially graduated from a high school which I never attended. Prior to taking classes at Bethel, I had been at a small private high school. The PSEO program worked by accessing the funding given to the public school for the student. Thus, I had to attend a public school.
1. Who was your best friend?
Looking back, Pete and John. It seems odd that such a thoroughly femme girl as I was then had two guys for her best friends, but that's what happened.
2.What sports did you play?
Senior year, I wasn't playing any sports. I'd already done the knee in.
3. What kind of car did you drive?
I drove either the brown 1985 full-size van or the car semi-affectionately known as either the "Metallic Pee" or the "Chernobyl Car." It was a 1978 Ford Fairmont, purchased at a government surplus auction. It didn't have power anything and an AM radio. Pete used to get frustrated and reach over and pull the wheel when I was trying to perform a tight turn.
4. It's Friday night, where were you?
Hanging out with Pete, John, and some other kids from youth group. We usually ended up watching a movie at someone's house.
5. Were you a party animal?
I'd have fallen over dead if I'd been to a party where one could be an animal. I was a good girl!
6. Were you considered a flirt?
Honestly, I have no idea. I certainly have no memory of anyone stating that I was a flirt. It was not a goal of mine.
7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I played in the handbell choir and sang in the Women's Singers at Bethel. I was also taking piano lessons.
8. Were you a nerd?
Let's see ... I was a high school senior functioning as a full-time college freshman/sophomore. Goodness yes!
9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Are you kidding? I was the perfect child, and I worked damned hard to be so.
10. Can you sing the fight song?
Not for either school. I can't even remember the song for the school for which I was a cheerleader.
11. Who were your favorite teachers?
My Spanish professor, Lori Swanson, and one of my history teachers.
12. Where did you sit during lunch?
I usually had lunch in my office. I was a TA for the freshman College Writing course, so I actually had a little table in the tiny office shared by the two professors who taught the course.
13.What was your school's full name?
The high school? Robbinsdale Senior High School. The college? Bethel College.
14. School mascot?
No clue for either of them.
15. Did you go to Prom?
No, although we did have a "Spring Formal Dinner" at church. The church I grew up in did not hold with dancing, and at Bethel, you had to sign a lifestyle statement promising that you would not dance while a student at Bethel.
16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
No, that wasn't an easy year in many ways. It had profound effects on who I am today, but I really would not want to be there again.
17. What do you remember most about graduation?
The high school did multiple valedictorians and salutatorians, and I qualified as a salutatorian. I was a bit bitter about that, as the valedictorians had all received weighted grades (5.0 on a 4.0 scale) for their AP classes. I was taking full-blown college courses and got no weighting of my grades at all. When my name was announced, there was almost total silence. I could mostly hear people saying "who?" and then my grandmother screaming my name.
18. What was your fave class?
Economics. It was very hard, but I studied like crazy and aced the class. Sadly, a career in econ involved a great deal more math than I thought I was capable of.
19. Where were you on senior skip day?
At home, since Bethel's classes were already done.
20. Did you have a job your senior year?
I was a TA for the freshman college writing class. It was a lot of fun, if a bit terrifying. I remember feeling desperately important and terrified when my prof was ill and left a message that I would have to take the class. Here I was 17 and standing in front of an entire classroom of students older than I, as their teacher. Also, it is because of this job that I can still do MLA-style citations with almost no recourse to a stylebook.
21. Where did you go most often for lunch?
The grill on campus. They did a fabulous grilled cheese with ham or turkey on texas toast. Mmmmm texas toast.
22. Have you gained weight since then?
Oh my yes.
23. What did you do after graduation?
That night? I went home with my family and we had ice cream cake and took pictures. My mom was desperately disappointed I didn't go to the senior party. I failed to see why I wanted to go to an all-night party at the Medina Ballroom with 600 people I didn't know. I knew all of three people in my graduating class.
24. When did you graduate?
25. Who was your Senior prom date?
Dewey came down for the Spring Formal Dinner.
26. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
No. I'm not invited to the reunion I'd like to go to because I didn't actually graduate from that school. As I knew all of three people in my graduating class (and I'm still in touch with two of them), there is absolutely no point.
27. How often did you skip school?
I took great delight in my ability to just not go to class. I always went to campus, unless I was sick. There were classes I just didn't bother to go to, however.
28. What was your favorite thing to eat at lunch?
The grilled cheese with turkey or ham and swiss cheese on texas toast.
29. Who was your boy/girlfriend?
I was dating Dewey for all of my senior year. He was almost four years older than me. He was the rebound guy (after the first disastrous attempt to date Pete, my best friend). Sadly, I did things rather thoroughly. Thus, I spent much of my senior year planning my wedding to Dewey. It is a measure of my stupidity and stubbornness that we continued to date after I graduated. Two days before my graduation party, a mutual friend called me to say that he couldn't keep quiet any longer. He let me know that Dewey was seeing some other girl up north and was even sleeping with her. I was flabbergasted.
30. What was your favorite memory your senior year?
My mom threw a surprise party for my 18th birthday. My birthday is December 20, so actual birthday parties have been rare things, usually hurriedly thrown together. My 16th birthday had involved me getting home after 11 pm after a basketball game, having a piece of pie, and opening my gift of towels. (They were really nice towels - I'm still using one of them.) My mom felt bad about that, so she threw me a surprise party. I was told that the youth group was getting together at the church to do some prep for Christmas. I was VERY startled when I walked in the door and discovered the party.
31. Did you like how you looked in your senior picture?
It's probably my favorite photograph ever taken of me.
32. Who will repost this after you?
Good heavens, I have no idea. Maybe shylabrat?
33. How have you changed since high school?
Radically. I am no longer a heterosexual, extremely conservative Christian, highly sheltered girl. I can see tiny seeds of who I became, but I would have never imagined my life as it is today. I'd have honestly been horrified.
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