In elementary school, I made my first appearance in the local newspaper… twice! Both were class field trips. In one class, we had built birdhouses that were placed in local farms and nature preserves.
I studied the French language in high school while my other friends studied Spanish and German. I tolerated not sharing a classroom with my friends. Until one day, I learned that my teacher refused to teach us swear words while the other students got to learn them in a foreign tongue!
As a teen, I wrote to pen pals in Guam, Indonesia, and South Africa. It was fun receiving letters written in the French language, and I earned an "A" for my French class.