Tuesday, October 20, 2009


right before i took the SATs when i was 16, i stood with my friends in the main hallway of our high school. one of my friends had a practice book, filled with questions, strategies and definitions. we had a few minutes before we had to take the test, and so i took the book and opened to a random page. i saw a word that i had not known the definition of and quickly read what it had meant. of all of the words in the english language the test makers could have chosen, "bereft" had appeared twice on that test.

bereft. verb.
  • deprived of something.
  • lacking something needed or expected.
and up until that point, i was.

maybe a lower score on my SATs would have put me on a very different path than i'm on now. maybe not. something to think about.


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