Thoughts On Overachievers

They’re those people that strive to do way more than they’re supposed to do, for example, in school. They take loads of AP classes and Honors classes, and spend countless hours making all of their papers and essays _perfect_. I’m not saying we don’t need people like that in the world, but in high school it’s not all that good to be that perfection-driven…

I took an AP History class and an advanced Chemistry class in my sophomore year, and I remember getting assigned upwards of two to three hours of homework per night. I struggled and worked my ass off for a month or so, and then I was like “fuck it, I’m not going to waste time doing shit I don’t want to do. I’d rather enjoy my teenage years.” In the end I failed both courses, from not doing any homework. Funnily enough, I got a 4 out of 5 on the AP exam and mostly 80’s and 90’s on the class exams.

Going back to the topic, I still wonder why people load up on so many advanced courses in high school. I’ve known people who’ve taken upwards of three AP courses in one semester. That’s about five or six hours of homework a night. Why anybody would want to subject themselves to this kind of torture still bemuses me. One could easily lose their mental sanity with the enormous amount of pressure, especially in April with AP exams looming closer. Sure, you could say something like: it’s good for my future/colleges will accept me/it’ll look good on my transcript. But is it worth wasting your teenage years locked in your room hunched over a textbook for hours on end?

Our youth is a time to have fun, to enjoy life, before it becomes all filled up with crap like marriage, mortgages, and debt. Numerous teachers and people have told me that I have the potential to be up there with the best, but know what? *I’d rather be a happy average person than a stressed-out intellectual.*

Laziness and underachievement is where it’s at.

Posted in Rant
  • http://net-cake.com Paul D’Amora

    I rather be the underachieving smart kid who gets straight A’s in honors and AP classes without the smallest bit of effort.

    Oh wait…

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    I have yet to meet a person who takes college-level AP courses and does absolutely no homework, sleeps in class, and doesn’t study, while still getting straight A’s.

  • http://net-cake.com Paul D’Amora

    Yeah me either.

  • http://benj3.com Benje

    I’m that person.

    Except I get a B in my only AP class.

  • http://slantedmndz.com Alec

    yea same with Benje. I do that and I get B’s in ’em.

  • http://dzine-studios.com Dan

    Either you guys are a rare breed of naturally smart people, or your teachers don’t take homework and projects as seriously. I know that in my school nobody can get an A in an AP class without putting in some serious effort.

  • http://net-cake.com Paul D’Amora

    It’s pretty easy for me to get by on sheer natural intelligence. That’s why smart people are lazy, they don’t need to work hard to be better than everyone else.

  • http://benj3.com Benje

    Well I put in minimal effort, but my teacher gives these awesome reviews before the test, which pretty much gives the answers to all the questions on the test.

  • http://www.dobox.com/ Bruce

    It’s pretty easy for me to get by on sheer natural intelligence. That’s why smart people are lazy, they don’t need to work hard to be better than everyone else.