Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college (Community college as a re-entry student, received a nursing degree and AA, did go on briefly to a university but health forced her to quit before receiving a BA.)
Mother finished college (AA)
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
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
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
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
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (as opposed to hand me downs or purchased at yard sales or from goodwill/salvation army.)
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 (I paid for it from the wages of a summer job for underprivileged youth. We didn't have a phone in the house before that for several years, though had one in my earlier childhood.)
You and your family lived in a single family house (We lived in a trailer, does that count? But we lost it when the ammunition plant laid off my mom as the Viet Nam war wound down.)
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child (for most of my childhood)
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
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
*These two are edited because Christine pointed out that the previous wording didn't clearly delineate between people who had their tuition paid for them and people who worked for their college expenses.
Originating blog entry based on a class exercise called "Take a step forward," created by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. More info can be found here.
In the spirit of the exercise, each item you bold represents one step forward, or you can think of it as a bit of a head start or leg up. It is obviously designed to make us aware of how much privilege we did or didn't enjoy growing up, and how our class background has affected our lives.
Thanks to dangerpudding for posting this to her LJ!