A girl came into my room while Mel & I were mid-conversation. She had some news she felt we had to know. Girls in the dorm were discussing how smart people were and there was a general consensus that Mel & I were intelligent but one girl wanted to qualify our intellect.
“Mel & Tasha are book smart. They do not have any street smarts.”
I was about to say something when Mel responded, “She’s not smart smart. She’ll be lucky not to flunk out. She’s stupid.”
That girl left and I assume told people what Melina said because the girl who made the comment never spoke to either of us again.
But I believed that was an interesting distinction – street smart or book smart?
If I had street smarts would someone have had to save my life when I went out to get french fries?
Was I book smart because I’d read more books than had actual conversations with real human beings?
Perhaps this girl was right. In order to survive I needed a bit of both.