Posted by gardenergirl on February 23, 2006, at 16:31:25
In reply to Re: National Merit stuff, posted by caraher on February 23, 2006, at 14:06:55
I was a semi-finalist. I never had to take an essay. This was pre-1986. I seem to recall that an essay was going to be part of the test process for upcoming classes, but mine was one of the last to avoid it. We were pleased, and we rubbed it in to the underclassmen, of course.
And I certainly did not blaze any academic trails right out of high school. Unless you count running away and avoiding it all as blazing a trail back to dependency.
Somebody just said something about potential being a terrible burden. Was it Lama Surya Das on the Colbert Report? (Never thought I'd put those two names together, but it happened!)