KJ (owlmoose) wrote,

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Socio-economic meme

Ganked from luciab.

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

Bold the items that are true.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
[My Aunt C is a pediatrician and my Aunt A teaches computer science courses at various colleges. The family is also riddled with librarians and ministers; do they count?]
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers [Not even sure what this question means]
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 [Piano and voice]
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively [Depends on what "like me" means]
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp [week long religious camp for two summers]
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home [Sort of -- it was a mobile home, so they were paying a mortgage on the house but not the land. But they had to move a few years back, and now they're back to renting]
You had your own room as a child [I was the only girl, and my parents were firm on no mixed-gender bedrooms. I couldn't even sleep in the same bedroom as my cousin when he came to visit]
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 [A couple of family vacations, when I was quite small. Soon after we started driving]
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

I really wonder what they were getting at with these questions. Values don't always line up with money -- culturally, my parents are without a doubt middle class, but there was never much money around. Sure, we went to museums, if they were free or really cheap. The single-family houses in which we lived were often provided by my dad's church. And so forth.

Still, interesting.
Tags: about me, meme

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