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Dianne’s Blog Game

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Take a step forward:

If your father went to college before you started
If your father finished college before you started
If your mother went to college before you started
If your mother finished college before you start
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
If your family was the same or higher class than your high school teachers. (I don’t get this one.)
If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
If you had more than 50 books at home when you were growing up.
f you had more than 500 books at home when you were growing up.
If were read children’s books by a parent when you were growing up.
If you ever had lessons of any kind as a child or a teen.
If you had more than two kinds of lessons as a child or a teen.
If the people in the media who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively.
If you had a credit card with your name on it before college.
If you had or will have less than $5000 in student loans when you graduate.
If you had or will have no student loans when you graduate.
If you went to a private high school.
If you went to summer camp.
If you had a private tutor
If you have been to Europe more than once as a child or teen
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels rather than KOA or at relatives homes.
If all of your clothing has been new.
If your parents gave you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
If there was original art in your house as a child or teen.

If you had a phone in your room.
If your parent owned their own house when you were a child or teen.
If you had your own room as a child or teen.
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course.
If you had your own cell phone in High School.
If you had your own TV as a child or teen.
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
If you ever flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16.
If you ever went on a cruise with your family.
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries as a child or teen.
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you.

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Written by blogicalinks

January 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm

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  1. I’m not quite sure what the point of this is really…besides making me feel worse for growing up “poor white trash” ;)(said like hannibal lechter, who i reference in your blog once again…what’s that say about me?? :)). I think i could only bold the ones about books, though i’m not sure my grandmother’s harlequin romance collection counts for this one, and the phone one, but again that probably doesn’t count because there was not a phone jack in my room, just a rigged up super duper long phone cord that ran from the kitchen all the way to my bedroom 😉 I did have my own room though. Not hard to do when you’re an only child.

    Not sure why you’re supposed to take one step forward for bolding these things either. Looks like i’m taking far too many steps backward to even be in the race. What’s the message here really? I guess i’ll go cry myself to sleep now on my goodwill bedding 😉

    wenzday

    January 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm

  2. It comes from a college social experiment –
    Step into Social Class 2.0
    A Social Class Awareness Experience
    Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka

    Indiana State University
    © 2008

    Introduction: An activity designed to help the participants gain awareness of the vast range of social class that exists within themselves and others. This has been updated based on the wide range of feedback we received as this was becoming a popular experience.

    http://wbarratt.indstate.edu/socialclass/step_into_social_class_2.htm

    I think the most pertinent point is –
    Now everyone recognize that you are at the same place academically (and we are there together despite the privilege we did or did not have)

    Ru's Mom

    January 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm

  3. Thanks, Ru’s Mom, for that followup.

    Wenzday, yeah, I agree that it shouldn’t have been worded about “steps forward,” and there was certainly no mention of taking steps backwards. You’re one of the brightest people I know AND a member in good standing of The Perfect Club. So it does show that it’s not about what you were given or not given in your life. Most of it is about what you do with what you WERE given.

    As a matter of fact, I bolded the statement about staying in motels on vacation, but I actually snickered when I did. Our “vacations” were to Birmingham, to Atlanta, to Panama City, and they usually lasted one night, and my sister and I were just wanted to be staying in a place with a pool. We didn’t care about anything else. So just because something is bold on mine, it certainly didn’t reek of “high class.” I’m about as small town, rural, southern, salt-of-the-earth (smile) upbringing as they come….not ashamed of it at all, but it’s not where I chose to live my life, just like you.

    So, there’s my sermon for the day. 🙂

    Cheryl

    January 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm

  4. ah-ha, that makes much more sense now. though this experiment doesn’t work very well in a blog setting. in a college classroom setting where everyone is more or less equal, at least for that moment, then yeah, i can see its use. but here, where no one knows who’s who and what they are/where they are etc. then it just seems like a nosey way to find out about someone.

    and cheryl, i totally knew your answers weren’t meant to seem “high class” since i’m well acquainted with your upbringing, salt-of-the-earthness and all 😉

    wenzday

    January 6, 2008 at 11:19 pm


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