I am not naturally a genius. I wish I was. I mean it just skipped over me. My little brother can speak Chinese..I can color. It's one of those.. "Are you freaking kidding me things?!" in my book.
And though I am not the naturally smart one in the family, it did not mean I didn't want to be.. Going to school I had my eyes set on the prize. High. Honor. Roll.
MISTAKE 1: THINKING YOU ARE SMART WHEN IN REALITY... YOU ARE AVERAGE.
All you want is a gold pin. UNFORTUNATELY you decided that Advanced Algebra II (drew pictures the whole class), Chemistry (???), and Spanish II (you would think Spanish from grade 1-9 would stick eventually?) were all a fantastic idea!
By the end of your sophomore year, you get that long deserved REALITY CHECK.
MISTAKE 2: COMPETING WITH THE SMART KIDS, WHEN THEY ALWAYS WIN IN THE END
If a gold pin is a long stretch you need to avoid continuing to be competitive even though you always lose. It's a hard habit to break..
Kellie: "Hey what did you get on the test?!"
Truman: "98. You?"
Okay you thought 85% was a solid grade. BUT THEN IT BECOMES UNACCEPTABLE.
You are out of your league.
Prime Example----> Cohen. The girl ate, slept, and lived A+'s
MISTAKE 3: COMPARING YOURSELF TO THE SMART KIDS
The cycle of being crushed every time a test is returned can really hit your confidence. It can send you down a dark path of confusion and self doubt. It can also result in endless hours of studying and crying...
MISTAKE 4: PRESSURING YOURSELF AND HEADING DOWN A VISCOUS STRESS CYCLE
Trying really hard all the time can lead to intense panic attacks before test which only make you do terrible....
After the class.
MISTAKE 5: THINKING CONSTANTLY ABOUT GRADES WILL MAKE YOU HOSTILE.
Innocent victims can get injured.