I loved school. I loved learning, enjoyed taking tests, doing things for a
grade, and answering questions in class.
a student, I had to be the best. If I got less than an A, I would go to the teacher and
say, "Please, I just cant have this B." I would continue until they would
give me some extra projects. I was always willing to work for that A. I grew up in a
family where I didnt expect to get anything for nothing.
If you're not a hard worker you'll probably not accomplish much, but it's never too late to become involved. Feeling smart doesn't mean you have to be the smartest. Finding your strengths and interests will help you feel good about yourself.
It's quite difficult to be independent from your peers in school because there are so many pressures to conform. Being independent doesn't mean you have to live a life of isolation, only that you should select friends that fit with your values.
Some of the other descriptors will help you realize that you can be successful even if you view yourself as sensitive, shy, too emotional, perfectionistic, or self-critical. If others view you as a troublemaker, you may indeed require help from a psychologist or psychiatrist. If you're open to outside assistance, it is more likely to be helpful to you.
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