Was it really that much of a time difference? I graduated high school in 2004, and you're a grad? doctorate? student. I honestly think the more important factor might be in district first and county running a close second. The only major differences between our timelines that I can think of besides wherever you went and where I went is 1) I was an IB, not AP student, and 2) I was one of the last graduating classes where the SAT didn't have the writing portion, so it would max out at 1600 points. My brother took the ACT instead due to being somewhat easier, shorter, and he liked the scoring scheme better.
Also, I haven't been entirely forthcoming with the nuances. Our counselors were often at odds with our teachers, who also placed importance on going to uni for the purposes of higher learning for its own sake, but also stressed that if you wanted to get a decent paying job you'd better go get dat vellum because a four-year bachelor's was the new high school degree--incidentally, no sooner did I start freshman year when the buzz was that five years was more of a realistic timeframe for undergrad, and oh by the way a master's is the new foot in the door.
They'd really get down to splitting hairs on who thought traditional college was more important than the other. Around the beginning of junior year, when we'd put down our top three choices for schools to the faculty so that we could commit to beginning and completing the application process, Mr. Skowron, my favorite counselor, got in some trouble for pretty much chewing out one of my classmates for her decision to go to ASU with a full ride instead of following his recommendation to go to any of the out-of-state and top-tier schools that had a good law program. She was in tears, which for a big-boned and confident Jewish kid who always brought us to state finals for mock trial, was surprising. Not much of a surprise when her parents complained. Mr. Skowron ended up going to Brophy, which is a boy's Jesuit school in our district. He's still there to my knowledge. I think he was invested in the whole out of state thing because he went to George Wash U and to Boston College. My classmate is still somewhere here in AZ and now teaches language arts for middle school students going through ASU's college prep program.
One of the teachers, a favorite of most of the IB kids especially for the ones who thought they were liberal, didn't necessarily disagree with Skowron's choice, but that's because she also believed college was a good place to find out what you want to do in life no matter which school you go to, which was something tha
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