This is a really interesting meme. More to it than most. I got it from Mostly True Tales, but it's originally from
What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, and Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.
Bold the true statements. Explain if you want.
1. Father went to college
My biological dad went to college via the Air Force, but I don't think he graduated. My step-dad went for a couple of semesters as well, but had to leave when his father got sick and he was needed at home.
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
My childhood home is and was full of books. My parents are both avid readers, and my mom worked for years as a children's librarian. Never any lack of books.
9. Were read children's books by a parent
Every day, I'd bet. An absolute blessing.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
I took swim lessons at a public pool for several summers as a kid. I don't know how much they cost, but they must have been pretty cheap, because we didn't have any money at the time.
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
I'm not sure how true this is--people in the media who dress and talk like I do now are portrayed positively, but people who dress and talk like the folks where I grew up aren't
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
I got my first credit card at 16, for the purposes of establishing credit before college. It was linked to my personal checking account, which I got at the same time.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house
I grew up in a small single family home that my stepdad's father built, on his land. We were very lucky not to have house payments or rent.
25. You had your own room as a child
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
We had a wood stove, so no heating bills.