I Asked Someone What It's Like To Earn Straight A's, And His Answers Were Quite Shocking

I Asked Someone What It's Like To Earn Straight A's, And His Answers Were Quite Shocking

"The teacher knows that you are smart."


In every student body, you always have the select students that earn straight As (I earned straight As the first semester of my sophomore year in college, the only time I've ever done so). Many of them have different stories as to why and how they earn what they do. It may be strict parenting, it may be a journey of redemption.

However, this particular anonymous person took a different route when I asked him on Quora.

1. Pro: respect

"You are respected by teachers and most students across the school for your hard work and dedication to your studies. You will often get more nods from teachers in the corridors than any other person."

2. Pro: prestige

"The title comes with prestige. When you put your grades down on a CV or an application form for higher education, you will not hesitate to be proud."

3. Pro: the benefits

"Teachers will waive punishments or sanctions, for the most part, meaning that you will manage to avoid anything bad getting on your record. At my school, the punishment for being late is a detention. I have turned up late to some of my lessons on several accounts and managed to get away with it. Most of the time, I was even welcomed by the teacher."

4. Pro: no more deadlines

"Deadlines? Who needs deadlines? A simple talk to the teacher will mean that you are never punished for missing homework."

5. Pro: the know-it-alls

"You will have notoriety, meaning that you will be known in the school for knowing absolutely everything."

6. Pro: little white lies never hurt

"Lies go unnoticed. For example, my forgetful Physics teacher once told the class that we were to have an assessment the next week, despite an upcoming English exam that we needed to study for. Naturally, no one studied for the Physics test. On the day, when he mentioned printing the test off, I put my hand up and told him that it wasn't for today, but for the week after. He accepted my word for it so easily."

7. Pro: relaxation station

"When test results come back, and you say your score, people are impressed. They often go, 'Wow!' The teacher usually sets aside a lesson to improve on what we got wrong. Since you hardly got anything wrong, this lesson is essentially an opportunity to kick back and relax."

8. Pro: pleased parents

"Parents evenings are essentially praise evenings. You will go from teacher to teacher and will be complimented left right and center. Happy parents equals happy life."

9. Con: barely attainable expectations

"People have very high expectations of you. If you fail to meet these high expectations every time, it won't be a very pleasant situation."

10. Con: the dangers of competition

"There is a desire to always be the best. If that one person gets higher than you on a test, you will be angry and disappointed, even if you only got one mark less. People will also act shocked, which won't make the situation any better."

11. Con: quieted

"You can get barred from answering questions as the teacher knows that you are smart."

12. Con: pet peeves

"As a result, you often get frustrated when people ask stupid questions or give stupid answers, and you aren't allowed to contribute."

13. Con: repetition

"Lazy people will ask you what the task is even though the teacher literally just explained it."

14. Con: taken advantage of

"Lazy people will try and copy your answers without understanding it. They can then take credit for your good work."

15. Con: not in the in-group

"You are pathologized for your intelligence by the less intelligent."

16. Con: bullies and teasing

"You are made fun of for knowing everything."

17. Con: assumptions

"People immediately assume that you have no life and that you study all day."

18. Con: cheaters

"You can be made to sit with really unintelligent people, which has a negative impact on both parties. You are frustrated by their lack of maturity and work ethic, and they just copy all of your answers and learn nothing, even when you explain everything to them."

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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