My guidance counselor in Jr. High signed us up for our classes for high school. She decided that I was oldest of 6, (true) poor, (not as true as she thought; we had a roof over our heads, nutritional food and adequate clothing) and female (true) with parents who didn't have higher education (true, dad had graduated from high school and mom finished the 8th grade... except my mother was a reader, curious about everything and determined that her children were going to all have a high school education) so I obviously wasn't going to college.
That was a self fulfilling prediction, since the classes she put me in weren't college bound. My Junior year, I could select my classes and went for academic classes, but my GPA was already ruined. Manuel typing for a student who had been diagnosed with arthritis at 6. No, just no.
I finally went to college, did it in 4 years, graduating exactly 30 years and 1 day after my high school graduation! And I went to college while married, mother of two, working and unable to drive. I used public transportation in an area where it wasn't always the best way to get places. Shows if you really want something, go for it! But I will say I am grateful that I was able to use the computers at college, as I didn't have one at home then. Couldn't live without it now!