It was the summer of 1976, and I was a sophomore in college.
The first of my classmates to enroll in the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) College Scholarships, I was excited to learn that it would be a chance for me to be a part of something special.
I was just 15 years old.
My parents had already accepted a scholarship for me.
I remember my parents telling me that I would be getting a chance to study in a private university, and that I could get scholarships from other American universities.
I wasn’t sure what to think.
What was a private institution?
The first time I heard the term, I thought it meant private college.
But it didn’t.
It meant an institution like Harvard, MIT, MIT Sloan, Princeton or Yale.
And I wasn’t really sure what that meant.
What if I was going to get a scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania or MIT?
I knew that I was in luck, because I was accepted into the prestigious University of Texas.
I enrolled in the summer after my freshman year, and the fall semester began.
My grades, however, would have to wait until I graduated from high school.
And after the fall, I would have the option of going to school at the University, or a private college, and graduating with a degree in the fall of 1976.
But what if I didn’t want to go to college?
What if, instead, I wanted to go straight to law school?
What if I wasn