So if I was not going to school what did I do?
I read. A lot. Fairly early on I found The Teenage Liberation Handbook which has a splendid bibliography and led me to find other lovely books, like Lives of a Cell, A People’s History of the United States, The Double Helix, and Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman. I also probably got turned on to Tom Robbins sooner than I would have otherwise.