It just infuriates me when I tell people that I’m from CT, and they say “Oh, yeah,” like they can already picture my life: horseback riding lessons, prep school, white collar parents, vacations in Europe, etc. Actually, my parents haven’t had a real vacation since… maybe 1993. They and most people I know from my home state are constantly worrying about losing their job, paying the mortgage, etc. I feel like I should do a whole public service campaign to debunk the Country Club Connecticut myth.
In the medieval universities of France, students could often be heard fighting about their respective countries. In the United States this phenomenon manifests as the presumptions we make about people from various states and the odd method of competing over greater lack. I wonder why the misconception about CT, a misconception that even I had moving to CT from west Texas? I’d love to hear how this conversation developed in the GW classroom.