Adventures from College - The First Test.
My very first test in college was in Chemistry. It was over a lot of material because the first like five chapters were assumed review from high school Chem. After the test, small groups were hanging around talking about the answers. I was talking to a white woman and white man (i mention this because i am a black woman and this is a PWI listed as one of the top 50 in the nation). Anyway, there were a couple of questions that i brought up and found they had different answers than me. Well, of course that was a little disconcerting…but the woman was unsure as to whether she or i was right because she didn’t assume she must be the superior one. The man, however, was adamant that i was wrong about those 3 questions as well as a couple of others because he just knew there was no way he was wrong and i was right. “I took AP Chem.”
I walked away a little annoyed and spent the entire weekend preparing myself for an 80% at best, maybe even as “terrible” as like a 70% but, even more disheartening for me, somewhere in the lower half of the class. I told myself i must do better. I would have to pay more attention to detail… I’m not a “lower half” type of person and never want to send the message that i am.
The next week, the professor posted our scores next to the last four letters/digits of our school IDs (so no names).
I got a 100%.
I sought that fucker out. I had been worrying myself sick, thinking maybe i wasn’t good enough and would have to make some huge changes.
when i found him, i just stared.