My Brother, Scientist Genius, is every parents dream child. He was a sweet, quiet, well-behaved little boy, excelled in sports, got straight A's in school while taking honors and college prep classes, got lots of scholarships to go to Seattle University (a very expensive private college) where he majored in Chemistry (ugh) and minored in mathematics (double ugh), got accepted into all eight of the graduate schools he applied to, is now earning his PhD. in Chemistry at Berkeley while getting paid to do so, earned a prestigious fellowship or some such thingamabob this past summer and is, in general, a total pain in my ass.
When I decided to go back to school, my GOAL was to do AT LEAST as well as Scientist Genius Brother. No snot-nosed kid 9 years younger than me was gonna beat me at this school thing! (Why no, I'm not at all competitive. Why do you ask?)
He graduated from college with a 3.86 gpa. I transferred into the University of Washington with a 3.62 cumulative g.p.a. (Curse you Spanish 102 and Intro to Chemistry 139, Curse you both to Hell!) So I have six quarters in which to beat Scientist Genius at the Grade Game.
Here are my Fall Quarter Grades:
Race, Crime, and Law a.k.a. why O.J. got off (but only the first time!) 3.9
Americans at the Margins a.k.a. weirdos are just like us 3.8
Interdisciplinary Inquiry a.k.a. KILL ME! KILL ME NOW! 4.0
This gives me a 3.9 cumulative g.p.a. at the U of W but it's actually less than that when my transferred g.p.a. is figured in so I am BEHIND in the Great Grade Race! Five quarters left. I have to study harder!
I will go and console myself with being way ahead in the Providing Grandchildren Race. Neener Neener Neener!
Here are Scientist Genius Brother and I with Marvelous Mom. He's genius smart AND drop dead gorgeous - not fair! Good thing he is a fabulous brother, the best uncle in the world and my best friend or I would have to kill him for making me look bad.