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Nobody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-26-06 12:23 PM
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101. I could be in MENSA but I never needed to
My IQ was tested at age ten and I was not even trying. I demanded to know the number and was told that they shouldn't tell me. I insisted on knowing, it was my score, and I wanted to know what it was. I was bracing myself for a George Bush-esque low number the way they were going on about whether I could handle knowing.

I have not gone to college, and I skipped two grades ,not chronologically, I went to school for 12 years but only 10 of those years resulted in education. LONG story. That meant my math skills leave much to be desired, but I'm damn good at problem solving, filling in the blanks, and reinventing wheels. My biggest math accomplishment is figuring out on my own how to do functions, since I came into math class after everyone else learned how to do them and I was there just in time to get the homework assignment. If I didn't have a MENSA qualifying IQ, I'd have been hopelessly behind.

However, most of my friends can likewise boast MENSA-level intelligence as well.

I think you've got something there about smart older siblings. They were well aware that I have a gazillion hobbies. Being the youngest meant I had everyone teaching me everything under the sun. What they learned in school, they tried to teach me. By the time I was five I could read road signs as they were whizzing by, I could count to 100 in Spanish, by watching Villa Allegre which came on after Sesame Street I was picking up Spanish vocabulary and had a huge head start once I got to Spanish class in HS.
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