Friday, February 15, 2008

Education

I wanted to let all my readers (all four of you) know something. Some of you know me in real life, others do not. But here is what I wanted you to know: I'm not terribly educated.

I haven't been to school since I turned 21. And I'm about to turn 30 in a few months. Politics, history, math, science....I know very little. I've tried to understand how politicians work. I've attempted to read Prop (fill in the blank) and I don't understand what they are saying at all. My history classes were horrible. I remember very little from Civics and Econ. My math skills are none. But I'm great with money. I struggled in science for years, and finally got smart and stopped taking it. I took a world religions class years ago, and I barely remember any of it.

Lots of blogs that I read have very smart, educated people writing them. They use big words that I admit, sometimes I have no idea what they mean. They have degree's, and are using them. It can be a little intimidating for me.

They seem to write so well, having their thoughts move smoothly from one point to the other while some of my posts take me so long to write as I reread and change, and hope that things kind of work. I have only ever gotten one A on a paper that I wrote.

Of course, I am still smart in other ways, just not in a way that you get a paper that you hang on your wall.

So, if I don't always comment, and especially on the deep thinking/big words/lots of information type posts, it's because I'm a little nervous. I don't want to show how little I know, or sound dumb, or...... you get the idea. Matt told me the other night that I will be able to use his GI bill, so once we are in a place for longer than one year, I will be using it. I am very very excited about it!! But until then, I just read books that hopefully will help me be on somewhat of the same playing field as the rest of you smarty pants out there. :)

6 comments:

MommyK said...

Don't sell yourself short. Different people are good at different things. My father has a masters in physics, but has no common sense. And I can write, but advanced math is so over my head. I think the key to success is finding something that you enjoy!

MommyK said...

P.S. Plus you can speak French, right? Definitely not something everyone can do!

An Ordinary Mom said...

A lot of times I get frustrated because I want to better understand things about politics or economics or science or whatever. Just don't give up and learn what you can when you can. Right now I am reading Alan Greenspan's new book, The Age of Turbulence, and I am learning a lot about everything.

Terina said...

mommyK, i was going to include things that i AM good at. i just wanted to focus on my intimidation of you smart people. yes, i do speak french, i can read really fast, can play the piano.....
i could keep doing........

ordinary mom, mad props for trying to read a book by alan greenspan. i wouldn't be able to get past the first page. you'll have to do a post on it, so the rest of us can see what you've learned...

J.Ammon said...

So THAT'S why I never get comments on my blog!

Chelsea said...

A desire to learn about things (which you have in abundance) says a lot more about someone than having a degree. Lots of people with advanced degrees are idiots.