This just in: I’m a mentally substandard charity case


So. I got a 28 on my ACT, but because I was “deficient” in Math I was not admitted to the school. Instead, they made me take what I thought was a placement evaluation for Math. I thought I’d take it, they’d see what I could do, and put me in the correct class and we’d be on our way.

Except….except it wasn’t an evaluation. It was pass/fail. I failed. And now they want me to take another test, not just in Math but in every. single. subject. In Reading, where I scored 34/36 on the ACT. In English, where I scored 34/36. In Science, where I made a very respectable 26. They want me to take the test they give to people who fail the ACT.

Let me repeat that one more time. They want me to take a test for people who get a shit score on the ACT, even though I made a 28. Know what the lady in the Educational Opportunities office said when she heard I got a 28? “You should get a full-ride scholarship with that score.” And yet because I am lacking in one area, they expect me to take a test that consists of questions like “An attorney is an expert in A) Law. B) Travel. C) Religion.” Then, when I’ve taken it, they expect me to go meet with a panel of three staff members who will decide if I’m worthy enough to bestow upon the honor of attending their school. And you know what?

I’m not going to do it.

I’m not going to go grovel and have my intelligence insulted for the privilege of attending a school I don’t even want to attend in the first place.

I can’t do that Math work, not because I’m unintelligent, but because I never learned how. I didn’t take those classes in high school so, consequently, I don’t know how to do it. That doesn’t mean I can’t learn; I just need to be given the opportunity.

I took their stupid test, though it was ridiculous to make a person my age take it in the first place. I GOT A PASSING SCORE. Hell, I got a better score than probably 75% of the people they allow in there. And yet they are going to treat me like I’m stupid? Like I need “special help” to get into school? They should be begging me to enroll, not the other way around. I’m sorry; I try not to be conceited but in this case I’m owning it. It’s the truth.

I just can’t believe (though, all things considered, I shouldn’t be surprised) that it’s this difficult for me to get into school. Everyone else I know has decided to go to college and just….gone. Can it be that easy for me? No, of course not. I guess I don’t get to go. I have an IQ in the high 120s or maybe into the 130s, but apparently I am not good enough and not smart enough to go to a little pissant college in rural Oklahoma. Excuse me, ECU, while I go take my Harvard-level Reading and English skills and flush them down the toilet. Sorry I bothered you.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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  1. I’m sorry they gave you such a hard time! I suck at math, and had to take a placement entrance exam to place me in a certain math. Were you applying to a community college, or university? (I am going to a cc) At my school, if you do not place into college algebra, there is a 9 module remedial math course, and I had to take 6 of those 9 modules. It basically placed me at basic algebra, I place out of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I have almost finished my 6 modules (as of tomorrow, I will be done with that), and still don’t remember how to do fractions, and I will supposedly be ready for college algebra. :/

    Anyways, not that that would make you feel any better. What are you planning to do, for go school all together? I don’t really want to go back next semester… I’m already bored with it. lol

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