My chemistry career is hazy. I took the required 1 year of classes in high school. I remember the periodic table on the wall, the bunsen burner and the smell of the room. I don’t remember who my teachers were. Maybe it was Mrs. Peterson for the second semester. I know that she was my homeroom teacher for my senior year. We had home room at some point during the day, not at the beginning or the end because we all came to school and finished our day at different times, depending on our schedule.
I didn’t like Ms. Peterson. I can’t remember what she looked like. When I try, I see Ms Jones in the photo above. I didn’t like her either. At some point Peterson asked if she could call me “Kirsten” because she liked that better than “Kristin”. I said no, she could not.
Early in my senior year, I decided not to go to my graduation and not to get graduation pictures and therefore not to pay the senior fees. As the year ended, Peterson told me that if I didn’t pay the fees, she was going to put me out of her senior homeroom and I would have to go to the auditorium instead. For reasons I don’t remember, I must have cared because I paid the fee and went to my graduation. That made my Grandmother Cleage happy. It was past time for senior photos by then, but I was in the year book for a few group photos – the one above and another one for the Library staff. I enjoyed my high school career as much as I look like I did in this photo.
I took 1.5 quarters of chemistry in college. At the end of my freshman year ,I decided to go into nursing so that I would always be able to find work in the far off places I was going to live in. Chemistry was a television class with a day or two of lab work a week. My experiments never came out right. I worked in a hospital that summer and didn’t feel drawn to the medical field after all. I started off the fall semester taking the second quarter of chemistry but the day of the mid-term, I dropped both chemistry and biology. Such a feeling of relief. I changed to liberal arts and decided to be totally impractically and major in art.