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I was probably one of the few kids in America whose parents didn't want her to go to college. It's not that they didn't want me to go, exactly, now that I look back at it, but, just as everything else in high school, there was the major issue of money.
My family is very blue collar. My parents started having kids very young, and I felt they were never able to achieve more than getting a factory job, and trying to make ends meet as their family grew.
While I was growing up, it was fine to speak in theoretical terms about going to college. I would always say I wanted to go to an Ivy1 League school and then practice neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic, and my dad would say there was absolutely nothing wrong with our state university. My aunt Mary,the only person in both extended families to go to school before me, had gone there and she was a big shot lawyer taking in loads of money. So Dad suggested that's what I ought to shoot for .
The one thing I vividly2 remembered hating in high school was asking for money. When my junior year arrived, I had signed up for the whole course load of Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Even though the AP tests were only $22 at that time, my mom would question why I needed the money and, I believe, huff a little bit as she wrote out the check. I gave creative speeches about how much AP would save me at college, and that those $22 would be parlayed into thousands of dollars of tuition money.
By the time senior year rolled around , I sent out only two applications for college, one to the state university a little more than two hours away from my hometown, and one to a school in another state. I was quickly accepted into both, but this was the point at which l felt somewhat blindsided by my parents. My dad, at least, seemed to be against the idea of my going away for school. He wanted me to attend the extension in our county and save money by continuing to live at home.
The mere3 thought of staying home another two years was enough to turn my stomach . I was already attending some classes at "The Stench ," because my high school didn't offer the accelerated classes I qualified4 for. Although it was a fine school, and many people did transfer from the extension to the main state school, I knew I wouldn't follow that path.
For whatever reason, I had been given more ambition than my parents before me, or my two younger brothers, both of whom opted5 for the factory scene rather than education. But I could see this ambition having an ending point, as if it were mistakenly siphoned into me and would be sucked out if I spent too much time in my small town. I could see in my mind's eye how discouraged I would get living at home for two more years under my parents' ironclad rule, either getting frustrated6 at the extension, or finding more value in the attention from boys, ending up pregnant and working at the nearby gas station. Not my idea of a future.
無論什么原因,與我的父母以及寧愿選擇工廠工作也不愿接受教育的兩個弟弟相比,我已被賦予了更遠大的抱負。但是我能看到這個抱負有一個終結點,仿佛它被錯誤地注入我的心中,而如果我在家鄉小鎮耗費太多時間,它就會被吸空。在內心深處我可以看到,如果我在父母嚴苛的管教下再在家里住上兩年,我會變得多么沮喪,要么會對這個進修部灰心,要么會從男孩們的關注中找到更多的自我價值, 最終結婚生子,在附近的加油站工作。這可不是我對未來的想法。
So every day after school, my dad and I had blown out fights about where I would go to college. His logic7 was very sound, especially considering where I stand now, three years after graduation with debt up to my eyeballs , but I just knew l would get nowhere staying in my hometown. He threatened to give me no financial help at all, and I said that was fine, I would be able to get enough loans.
這樣一來,每天放學后,我和爸爸就會為我去哪兒上大學而引發爭吵。他的邏輯非常合理,尤其是考慮到我當前的處境——高中畢業后三年之內,我將債臺高筑。但是我深知待在家鄉我將一事無成。他威脅說不給我任何經濟支持,我回答說沒關系,我會得到足夠的貸 款。
Eventually I signed my family up for a tour of the state university. My dad and I toured campus, and even though it was very cold, my dad fell in love - or at the very least seemed very enthusiastic about every corner of the campus.
I could tell he was softened8 by this visit, but the fights about where I was going to get the money continued until the day I packed everything up into our minivan . It was then, at breakfast before we made our journey down, that my dad said he was proud of me. He hadn't thought I would actually leave, and he was impressed. As my parents dropped me off at my dorm room, my mom started crying hysterically9 , and even my dad teared up, kissing me on the forehead, which was the first time I could remember getting hugged and kissed by them in years.
At this point, my relationship with my parents changed. No longer were they the disciplinarians but they became confidants , advisors10 and an excellent support system, and I became an adult. Sometimes I still expect to get yelled at for my decisions, but they've done phenomenally well to leave me to my own life, and to just be happy when I actually call home. No matter what happens now, I know standing11 my ground on where to go for school has been the best decision of my life, as I have gained both a good education and a precious life experience I never would have been exposed to had I taken any other road.


1 ivy x31ys     
  • Her wedding bouquet consisted of roses and ivy.她的婚禮花籃包括玫瑰和長春藤。
  • The wall is covered all over with ivy.墻上爬滿了常春藤。
2 vividly tebzrE     
  • The speaker pictured the suffering of the poor vividly.演講者很生動地描述了窮人的生活。
  • The characters in the book are vividly presented.這本書里的人物寫得栩栩如生。
3 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
4 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有資格當真正的文學家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我們必須看到我們還缺乏有資質的專家。
5 opted 9ec34da056d6601471a0808ebc89b126     
v.選擇,挑選( opt的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • She was co-opted onto the board. 她獲增選為董事會成員。
  • After graduating she opted for a career in music. 畢業后她選擇了從事音樂工作。
6 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫敗的,失意的,泄氣的v.使不成功( frustrate的過去式和過去分詞 );挫敗;使受挫折;令人沮喪
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 這個工作很容易令人懊惱。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 惡劣的天氣破壞了我們出行的愿望。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
7 logic j0HxI     
  • What sort of logic is that?這是什么邏輯?
  • I don't follow the logic of your argument.我不明白你的論點邏輯性何在。
8 softened 19151c4e3297eb1618bed6a05d92b4fe     
(使)變軟( soften的過去式和過去分詞 ); 緩解打擊; 緩和; 安慰
  • His smile softened slightly. 他的微笑稍柔和了些。
  • The ice cream softened and began to melt. 冰淇淋開始變軟并開始融化。
9 hysterically 5q7zmQ     
ad. 歇斯底里地
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子們歇斯底里地傻笑。
  • She sobbed hysterically, and her thin body was shaken. 她歇斯底里地抽泣著,她瘦弱的身體哭得直顫抖。
10 advisors 9c02a9c1778f1533c47ade215559070d     
n.顧問,勸告者( advisor的名詞復數 );(指導大學新生學科問題等的)指導教授
  • The governors felt that they were being strung along by their advisors. 地方長官感到他們一直在受顧問們的愚弄。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • We will consult together with advisors about her education. 我們將一起和專家商議她的教育事宜。 來自互聯網
11 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
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