I skipped sixth grade, going from Elementary School to High School (we didn’t have Middle School then) without the benefit of Jethro Bodine’s “sixth grade education.” I seem to have survived, and have no doubt that it made me who I am today. Even so, I wouldn’t wish that transition on my worst enemy. Well, on second thought…
After high school, I entered college, where I promptly failed out of my first semester, largely from spending too much time at the Baptist Campus Center learning how to lose a game of ping pong gracefully to a handful of Chinese engineering students. After that, my father told me that he had paid the last college tuition of mine that he was going to pay, so I went to work.
Working full-time and going to school part-time, I finished a two-year Electrical Engineering Tech degree in three years. I got better at ping pong, but spent too much time at work and in class to overcome my ridiculous lack of skill at the game.
In Elementary School, I was extroverted. In High School, I was introverted. In College, I was more extroverted than ever. Reinventing myself seems to be a recurring theme in my life.