I went to a public high school on Long Island, Syosset High School. Ooh, hello, Syosset!
The girls I went to school with had Prada bags and flat-ironed hair.
And they spoke with an accent I who had moved there at age 9 from Connecticut mimicked to fit in.
Florida Oranges, Chocolate cherries.
Since I'm ancient and the Internet was just starting when I was in high school.
People didn't really pay that much of attention to the fact that that I was an actress.
I was known mainly at school for having a back bigger than I was and always having white-out on my hands
because I hated seeing anything crossed out in my note books.
I was voted for my senior yearbook 'most likely to be an contestant on Jeopardy' or code for nerdiest.
When I got to Harvard just after the release of Star Wars: Episode 1,
I knew I would be staring over in terms of how people viewed me.
I feared people would have assumed I'd gotten in just for being famous,
and that they would think that I was not worthy of the intellectual rigor here.
And it would not have been far from the truth.
When I came here I had never written a 10-paper before.
I'm not even sure I've written a 5-page paper.
I was alarmed and intimidated by the calm eyes of a fellow student who came here from Dalton or Exeter
who thought that compared to high school the workload here was easy.
I was completely overwhelmed and thought that reading 1000 pages a week was unimaginable,
that writing a 50-page thesis is just something I could never do.
I had no idea how to declare my intentions. I couldn't even articulate them to myself.