When Elizabeth said that she wanted to attend a private school as a child, her father said that this would mean that she’d be stuck with a bad grade for the rest of her life. The fact is that Elizabeth’s mother was an academic genius, and her father was a renowned professor, and even then there was a chance that his daughter would struggle academically. “I could only imagine how awful a poor score might make me look,” Elizabeth said. So, when her school year started and she found out that her school, St. Michaels, would have a mandatory night-school program, Elizabeth was thrilled.
Even though she got into a night school, however, Elizabeth didn’t like it at all. She felt like it was too rigid and too formal, and that if she ever got good grades, this might be a barrier to getting into a traditional school that would be more accepting of her. She didn’t see the point in going to night school if she couldn’t even get into a regular college, let alone one that was selective about who it accepted. If she ever had any hope of getting into a night school, her father suggested taking an SAT and GPA study guide with her to night school.
Elizabeth wasn’t the type to go to night school, but she was more than willing to try to find something that was a little bit less rigid than night school. Once she got into her private school, however, her mother had a conversation with her daughter about attending night school again and she said yes. By that time, though, her mother had already made up her mind.
After graduation, Elizabeth wanted to attend a private college as soon as possible, so she began planning to go to night school in the fall. During her first night of night school, however, her mother told her that she didn’t want her daughter to take the night school again, but that she wanted her daughter to consider attending night school instead of summer school. Elizabeth thought that it sounded strange, but she was surprised by her mother’s request. When her mom offered her an example of something she did when she was in middle school, Elizabeth said that she realized that she couldn’t just stay in a restaurant the entire day because she was required to do extra reading and writing.
In her evening class, however, Elizabeth learned more about night schools than she had in the rest of her academic courses. Her parents’ teacher had told her that students are given a test, and a set amount of homework, and that after the first week is when students must meet with a counselor. to work on their assignments and a variety of other things, but cannot skip a week. It turns out that when she gets to class, she finds out what time the evening class is and she goes to her assigned desk and starts working. Even with all the extra work that she has to do, though, she still managed to earn the grades that she needed to get in.
Elizabeth has since used the information she learned in her evening class to apply what she had learned in school for her summer courses at St. Michaels. In the spring of 2007, however, she got into a private college, and that’s where she’ll attend her bachelor’s degree. While she was glad that she went to night school and was able to get into a private college, she thinks that she would have gotten in at a traditional school that way, but because she was able to do night school and still get in the class, she was pleasantly surprised by the experience.