At the beginning of 1971, I had one of my first life-altering decisions to make, where to go to college. My family had a short history with college. My Mom's parents, who grew up on the Cumberland Plateau in east Tennessee, only graduated the sixth grade. Dad's parents did not attend college either. So, my Mom and Dad were first generation college graduates. Both of them were school teachers and it was assumed that my siblings and I would attend and graduate college.