I Am a Member of Mensa

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    I Remember Now

    exactly how when I joined MENSA in 1991, somebody told us: Welcome to the most intelligent people on Earth, but bear in mind that members of MENSA can be found in extremely opposing life situations and professions - like some become best scientists, researchers, others...
    Thought1 Thought1
    22-25
    4 Responses Dec 23, 2009

    Joined At 15

    I was a member of mensa, but not any more for no other reason that just not renewing. My school and my parents were hitting me with a constant barrage of witty epitaphs such as ' You can't take this class, you couldn't handle it.' and 'forced me to take substandard course work...
    cliffdiver cliffdiver
    46-50, M
    Jan 30, 2011

    I took the Mensa test in Fort Worth,

    Texas and was accepted into the Mensa 76 chapter but I have not maintained my membership. I am pleased that I earned my B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering degree with summa *** laude and also my M.B.A.!
    p010ne p010ne
    70+, M
    1 Response Jul 21, 2014

    Much of my life

    when I was much more stupider and much more prone to brainwashing, I did find all those IQ tests and similar quite amusing. I find them quite amusing now too - only in a very different way.   They can be a mind game. They can.   People usually take tests to...
    Thought1 Thought1
    22-25
    4 Responses Aug 11, 2009

    Ambition > Talent

    Joined at 8 after a couple of teachers suggested to my parents I join. I'm always surprised by the eclectic membership. Outsiders expect lawyers, doctors, professors. Not check out chicks, tradies, long term unemployed with massive paranoia issues. Sometimes being a member...
    melbsmog melbsmog
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 1, 2013

    Growing Up In An Organization Like This One...

    I was 6 years old when I took the IQ test that would lead to my membership in Mensa. At 7, I became a mensan and knew it only as "the national genius association." (eventually I learned it was much more than that). As the only kid in my family of that caliber and with one of my...
    rachy5262 rachy5262
    18-21
    Dec 23, 2012

    The Dues Are To High For What I Get In Return

    I used to be a dues paying member but I didn't see the value in what I was getting. So I am a non paying member, but it's still nice to know I am a member of Mensa. I largely keep it to myself.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 2, 2012

    I took the Mensa test in Fort Worth,

    Texas and was accepted into the Mensa 76 chapter but I have not maintained my membership. I am pleased that I earned my B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering degree with summa *** laude and also my M.B.A.!
    p010ne p010ne
    70+, M
    1 Response Jul 21, 2014

    Eventually Joined But....

    I joined Mensa out of respect for an awesome prof of mine who encouraged me to do so. As I was at the time living in North America, the chapters that I've been in touch with have been North American ones and therefore my experience is limited to the region. Since I've moved to...
    Arawyr Arawyr
    26-30, F
    Dec 22, 2011

    Choose Not to Be.

    I could (should?) be a member, but when I was first tested, I was young enough that my mom decided I shouldn't join, and I took her word for it.  Now that I'm older, I'm glad I didn't join, because I really dislike boasting about my intelligence level, and being...
    felinethespian felinethespian
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 30, 2008

    Currently Lapsed

    Like others here, I have a love/hate relationship with Mensa. I love being able to "be myself" without all the odd social repercussions of being identified this way. On the other hand, a life of being a de facto "outsider" due to too much insight, intellectual skill or cleverness...
    goethedreams goethedreams
    46-50, M
    Sep 16, 2011

    Denmark Mensa

    I scored a 162 on the Raven Matrices, and passed the Denmark Mensa Admission test when I was 14. I'm a member of Mensa, but I can't seem to pass the WAIS at the required 98th percentile. I know Mensa would have accepted this test too, so it irritates me to know that I can't...
    SeriouslyLife SeriouslyLife
    22-25
    7 Responses Feb 20, 2010

    I'm Interested In Why Other People Joined

    I recently joined Mensa.  I am what I describe as a typical introvert - I only feel comfortable talking to people once I get to know them.  My personal reasons for joining Mensa were to firstly add something to my resume, and secondly prove to myself that I could...
    srwalker155210 srwalker155210
    31-35, M
    Aug 31, 2010

    I took the Mensa test in Fort Worth,

    Texas and was accepted into the Mensa 76 chapter but I have not maintained my membership. I am pleased that I earned my B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering degree with summa *** laude and also my M.B.A.!
    p010ne p010ne
    70+, M
    1 Response Jul 21, 2014

    I took the Mensa test in Fort Worth,

    Texas and was accepted into the Mensa 76 chapter but I have not maintained my membership. I am pleased that I earned my B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering degree with summa *** laude and also my M.B.A.!
    p010ne p010ne
    70+, M
    1 Response Jul 21, 2014

    Genius?

    I think it is strange that people get nervous when they find out that I am a member of Mensa. They think they are suppose to act a certain way, talk overly proper or think that I will slap them for using the wrong verb tense. I don't care about that stuff. I've always been good...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts
    46-50, F
    6 Responses Jul 27, 2011
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