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Autodidactically Speaking
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As a matter of fact, I did not get a high school diploma. I walked off the high school stage during graduation, got in my mother's car, and drove home. Called a cab, grabbed my pre-packed suitcase and shook the dust of the place from my feet. Permanently. The only reason I stayed as long as I did is that children under the age of 16 (I turned 16 that December) cannot leave the state of Connecticut without a parent's permission--and I had promised my mother I would finish high school.

That day in June, 19 (cough, cough), I flew to California to work during the summer and start school in September, working two jobs and going to Stanford full-time. No one told me it was impossible, so I did it. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you are determined to do it and you are ignorant of the reasons why you can't.

Below, the quiz results, from the lemming entry of my twin's blog:

You paid attention during 91% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?

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