It is our habit and our pleasure to read books every day, but sometimes, cultural capital comes outside a binder or a box. It ripples over the bubbles on standardized tests. Tests are a given--they will always exist. But higher learning takes on myriad forms and often reveals itself in people, places and situations we least expect.
I tried to call a cab on Monday morning. But confused and fatigued, I couldn't figure out how the buttons on my phone worked. Against my better judgment, I drove myself to Planned Parenthood. They buzzed me in, pale, diapered up, and holding myself up with the counter, I begged the receptionist, "Please 'elp me. I jus wan sta bleeding."