It appears I’ve managed to make the Honor Roll.

Got my grades for last semester and I’ve managed to maintain my 4.0 GPA. This apparently qualifies me for the honor roll as I received an invite today to attend an honors convocation and reception “recognizing you and other outstanding students of Washtenaw Community College.” This has left me with mixed emotions.

This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve had a 4.0 GPA and while there’s a certain amount of pride in it, I feel like I’ve cheated my way into it by going out and teaching myself all the stuff I’m now taking classes for and thusly breezing through the subjects. I’ve got 22 years of PC support of one sort or another behind me and I’ve not yet needed to read more than a chapter or two out of any of the course books. It also helps that I’ve taken a grand total of four classes to date (starting my fifth tomorrow night) and they’ve all been computer classes, my best subject. I haven’t taken any other required courses yet, in part because I’m hoping some of my old credits from my time at Oakland Community College some 20 years ago will apply, but when I do then it’ll probably be more of a challenge to maintain that 4.0.

So, yes, it’s flattering in a small way, but it doesn’t feel like the accomplishment it should be. It also doesn’t help that I had to get into my 40’s before I managed to get a 4.0 GPA. If anything it shows me what might have been had I not been the dumbass I was 20 years ago. Cue grousing about youth being wasted on the young and so forth. I suppose I should take whatever victories I can get these days, but I feel like I’ve bent the living shit out of the rules, if not broken them outright.