Who graduated Summa Cum Laude

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by place, May 21, 2006.

  1. place

    place New Member

    When I graduated from OSU, College of Education, I was the only one who had SCL title for that quarter. OSU is a big school.

    I have seen many posts with this achievement listed? I find it an interesting correlation so many people here have both Fibro/CFS and high academic achievements.

    I think this is just another marker of everyone’s Type A, over achieving personality, but I wanted to see what you all think?
  2. LISALOO

    LISALOO New Member

    It's so sad I worked so hard to graduate scl with a double major when I only worked 5 years, now dead.
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I did make it into "Who's Who In American Universities and Colleges." I've always been a bit of an overachiever, at least, as an adult. Now, I'm excelling at being sick :)

    Love, Mikie
  4. julieisfree05

    julieisfree05 New Member

    My parents divorce threw me off academics when I was a teen, but I graduated from junior college with honors (while working full-time). I started working for the Navy as a clerk-typist at 19. I went from a GS-2 clerk/typist to a GS-9 Computer Specialist in less than 5 years - that's 4 promotions in 5 years. I was working full-time and pursuing my BS in Computer Science full-time when I got sick. I had all "outstanding" performance ratings at work, and honors in college..

    I don't know if the "type A" link is real, but it sure seems like most of us were very productive and active when we got sick..

    ...or are those of us here, the ones who have retained enough of that "type A" thing to keep looking for answers and support.........?

    julie (is free!)

    Now I don't hate
    the one who left
    'cause you can't hate
    someone who's dead... - Sugarland <G>
  5. Tigger57

    Tigger57 New Member

    I really do think the "Type A" personality has a lot to do with it.

    Tigger
  6. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    Of course, I'm at home now, but fortunately I have found a way to use my college education. I have a small business where I can work part-time and at my own pace. I am unable to make even 30% of what was my income potential, but I'm glad to just be able to work.

    I have never given much thought to the over achiever angle on this, but maybe you have something there. It kills me to be less than the very best and that's where I've been for a few years now.

    Linda
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    perfectionist and a workaholic. Honor student; BA; JD. Member of Mensa. Had to quit practicing law.

    After 25 years of brain fog I'm starting to get a little tired of it. Right now I can't find the phone card I bought yesterday. As always, I put it in a place where I'd be able to find it.
  8. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    In speech-language pathology. Of course, I can't work now. Wonder if there is something to it...
  9. claudia2

    claudia2 New Member



    Hi ~ There are some smart folks on here! I'm still learning my way around. Anyway ... I attended 11 straight quarters to earn my BA. I never rested, full speed ahead at all times. Remember those all-nighters for an exam the next day?

    (This was back in the 70's when the University had quarters, they're on a semester system now).
  10. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    From Nursing school..
  11. intensemom

    intensemom New Member

    Yes, I have a B.S. in Education and special education. Didn't graduate SCL, but was on the dean's list several times.

    I'm a perfectionist and a Type A. I kept going and still do...even when I shouldn't!!

    I do feel this could be why we get so sick...we push through the pain!!

    Tracy
  12. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I don't think there is any need for me to list my achievements here; however, I was and still am a perfectionist--Type A personality, as many of us are.

    During my 30-year working career, I was the overachiever, a workalcholic, and most important and stressful of all--a mom to three children and a wife.

    Most of us here have had extremely busy, hectic, stressful lives--whether it be going to school, a working career, a stay-at-home wife and mother (a pull-your-hair-out job!!!!), or whatever.

    In my opinion, I don't think just having high academic achievements has any correlation with having fibro/cfs.

  13. petsrme

    petsrme Member

    I was inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society in 1998. I graduated in 1999 and only got to use my degree for a couple more years after that. It took me years to earn the degree and then I got sick. I feel like I wasted a lot of time and money, but getting that degree was one of my proudest moments in my life.
  14. kaths

    kaths New Member

    Graduated with highest honors in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

    Now I teach college only part-time because that is what I can do.

    A lot of medical practitioners and yoga instructors here too. Interesting Type A theory!
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Keep my honors in a drawer. When I started to Feng Shui my home, I decided to frame some of them and place them in the reputation area of my little office. They look really nice, are not out in the main areas of the house, and they remind me of my achievements. I used to think it was too "braggy" to hang these things up but especially now that I can no longer work hard to pursue a profession, they help me feel better.

    It's not that we need external evidence of our achievements to feel good about ourselves; it's just that it's nice to be reminded that we have achieved some good things in life. Chronic illness can make us forget who we are. I actually had some therapy to learn how to be a healthy person again. My shrink says that chronic illness can cause us to see ourselves as sick people and identify with that. We have to sometimes relearn to identify with more healthy images.

    Love, Mikie
  16. Strawberry94

    Strawberry94 New Member

    I went to college and graduated but not an overachiever by any means. I personally think that is part of the stereotyping that was done early on with this DD. We are all very different from the posts I read on this board. Of course people who are onling and posting to message boards usually have higher educations and literacy rates or just plain have more drive to learn from many sources of material than people who aren't, JMO.

    The CDC statistics put the most likely people to get this DD as below $40,000 a yr and lower educational levels. Maybe some of that is lifelong battle with low energy at earlier ages.

    I know that I am not able to study and remember as much now as I was before the DD. If it had hit like this in my early 20s, I seriously doubt I would have been able to finish college.

    Some people also make higher grades naturally without being overachievers, they just have good memory and pin point recall.
  17. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Hi,
    I didn't graduate Suma Cum Laude, but I did graduate Cum Laude. I was a nun at the time, though, so nothng was made of it. When I'm feelng down, though, I remember it with pride, becaue I studied really hard.

    I think that these DD's probably have a lot to do with activity more than anything else. I think most of us were what is called the "type A" personality, and worked hard at whatever we did, taking on a lot. I also think that, being overworked, we were susceptible to the pollutants that surround us at every turn, even in the air and water.

    Terry
  18. place

    place New Member


    Wow! Although the statistics have not been formulated, I don’t think our stat’s number for SCL is a true representative of the pollution’s.

    Is it innate or environmental/behavioral? Do we run our selves down to get sick or are those who are Type A have a predisposition?

    It is so ironic that so many people get a DD that kills the thing they like doing best! Working and being productive.

    Thanks everyone for putting their two cents in! If I were well enough I would write a research paper about it to be published =).
  19. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    If someone would read the history of this board and all of our post I think they could use it in a research paper.
    I never made good grades because I have always had trouble with my memory.As you may have noticed my poor spelling.lol
    But I have always been very Arts-ie and creative.Plus very social and active.
    I'm a mother of three adult children and a military wife for 33 years Non of my children smoke,drink(to excess)all are "waiting til marriage" :) for sex,that in its self I feel is a very good achievement.
    I dropped out of College because I just did not like it.
    My husband is in his last year working on his Doctorate .
    My husband is Type A over achiever and hes not got this DD so I dont think our "smarts" has anything to do with it.Like my Dad use to say"I'm from the school of hard Knocks" and common sense is what I have achieved.
  20. zion1971

    zion1971 New Member

    graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in English Education.

    had a 4.0 in a double master's program when i became ill. i was two semesters from graduating. i have not been able to resume this. it is a big disappointment for me.