Secondly, I was never as smart as people assumed me to be. I did ok in school. Averaging out my grades in most years put me right in the middle of the pack. I had excellent marks in English Lit, but I was outright flunking in Math. I didn’t win any entrance scholarships to go to university. I got a couple of nominal “book prizes”. In 7 years of university I made the Dean’s list only once (and that was in my 1st year of my B.ED… hardly an academically challenging year). In other words, my academic performances in high school and university were utterly, completely average. So you can imagine the annoyance and frustration I caused to my poor, hard-done-by teachers and classmates when I had the audacity to perform poorly in math and science courses! I was supposed to be a nerd or a genius. I was supposed to do physics for fun. I was supposed to be taking advanced chemistry and biology - I have, in reality, never taken a single course in high school or university in either subject – what a bitch I was for not performing to their expectations! When I struggled with math (which my mother made me take even though it actually ruined what little chances I had at university scholarships) I was branded as lazy, obstinate and unwilling to try harder.
If that’s not a brilliant justification for becoming a cougar, I don’t know what is!!