October 13, 2003





Which experiences from your school days have had the most impact on your life?

It is difficult to isolate this to specific experiences, but overall the greatest impact was made by teachers who took the extra time to work with me and make me feel good about my abilities.

Cindy, 41

Enduring eight years worth of twisted nuns, and later being beaten senseless during racial riots just because I was white. Oh yes, school was a marvelous experience for me.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

I was a "brain" who lived on "Snob Hill" and hence subject to a great deal of bullying. I still have a dislike and distrust of unfamiliar crowds

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

How mean the kids were in grammar school. I was the child that was picked on. I have no tolerence when I hear that kids are picking on someone. If I found out that my kids were to do that, their lives would be over. They would have no privlages for a long time.

KarenNJ, 45
Milltown, NJ USA

I was sending it in for a question to be posted.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Running various organizations.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

The camp I went to was during my school years, and it had a huge impact on me--I'm still in touch with some of the people I went to camp with. You can find out more about that at http://www.karen.hart.net/sep.html. As for actual school--I switched from a small school
district to a much larger one when I made the transition from junior high to high school. That
really changed my life. I learned that there was so much more out in the world than I had ever seen. Some of my teachers in high school really made a difference in my life. Two of them were a married couple--both of whom had been married previously--with tons of enthusiasm, and they were just a really great pair. It made me feel like second chances are always possible.
In middle school, my PROSPECT (TAG) classes were important to me because I felt like a person in them instead of like a geek. We had some really great projects to work on, and I appreciated that. School-associated trips to New York City, Ireland, New Mexico, and Iowa Lakeside Labs all left me feeling enriched. I met one of my best friends in high school and got to know my husband during college. SO many things affected the course of my life during school, and I feel like I'm a better person for having had such varied experiences at such a young age.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

The friendships that I formed.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

From high school - the friends I now have
From undergrad - a world view
From grad school - an appreciation of how ideas are formed and transmitted

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

How to make friends and how to read.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Yesterday / Tomorrow