This is the sixth installment of the “Interview Zan” series, which comes from Nadine [blog no longer active].
1. What’s your opinion on home schooling? What are your memories about that?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because I have a lot of “What if?” scenarios in my head. (What if I’d never been home schooled at all? What if I’d never gone back to public school and “graduated” from home study like my older sister did? I’m sure both of these scenarios would mean my life would have turned out very differently than it has.)
Basically, I’d have to say that I don’t think I always had ideal home schooling conditions — primarily because I feel like I missed out on certain things. I don’t care about the lack of school dances or junior high angst, but I think a larger taste of public school (other than just kindergarten/1st grade and 11th/12th grade) would have given me a better idea of what my options in life were. When I went back to public school for my junior and senior year of high school, I got A’s and B’s right away even though I’d been home schooled for the previous 7 years. I belonged to some honor societies and took a few honors classes, but I know I could have done more. It took me a while to feel like I fit in there, after having been gone for so long. By the time I started to feel comfortable, it was time to graduate.
That being said, I know that my home schooling experience contributed to who I am today, and I know my parents had good intentions.
2. Where do you think we’ll go when we die?
I grew up in a devout Baptist household, so I know the “correct” answer to this question as it relates to my upbringing. I believe in heaven and hell, but (sorry, mom and dad) most of the time it’s not something I put any thought into.
3. Did you keep something from your childhood that still means a lot to you?
I still have the baby book my mom put together for me which follows my first few years after birth. It’s the oldest thing I can think of that I own, and it means a lot to me. I haven’t looked at it in a while…I should do that sometime soon.
4. If a non profit organization gave you enough money to live in a third world country for 6 months, would you move there to help this organization with helping people?
I’m trying not to sound like a spoiled brat, but it would probably depend on the living conditions. Would it be very-very hot there? Would I have enough to eat and drink? Would I be expected to do very hard, physical labor? If I were asked to go somewhere for that long and the conditions were right; yes, I would put some serious thought into it.
5. If you had to choose between keeping your memories from birth till now and forever lose the ability to remember new things OR forget all the memories from birth to now but keep the ability to remember new things? What would you choose?
I would choose the second option — I’d forget all the memories from birth to now but keep the ability to remember new things. Even though my past memories have made me who I am today, I can’t imagine going forward only remembering those things, but not being able to retain anything new. I could always build new memories.