My Lifelong Struggle To Come First In Class

There were different types of people in school. Some were super brilliant, taking first position on a roll. When they did disastrously come second, it meant they had to shorten the number of friends they had and engage in a year long war with the person who beat them. Everyday was exam day, including the first day and the day after exams actually ended.

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Funny enough they always had teachers on their case telling them stuff like this,

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Between them and the class trouble maker I don’t know who’s parents got called more.

I wasn’t like that, my parents were more lenient. My Dad always gave me ranges. Depending on how large the class was  I was expected to be in the top 10 or top 5. I usually made the top 10 with ease although I usually always failed Math, but who cared.

My Dad  wanted me to move into the top five but I told him,

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So he got me a lesson teacher, who I gave hell because,

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Imagine, my joy when I finally came fifth only to realize that 7 people were tied at 5th position.

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Sometime in SS 1 I did decide to take my life seriously, I was going to get first place. I was the most determined I’d ever been in my entire life. I had this partner, we both had shared goals and we were in the same class. She was the only person that I was going to allow beat me and she wasn’t going to do it easily. I would make sure of that.

Then, out of nowhere came this third competitor, she was annoying as hell and she seemed to be getting better grades than us. I wasn’t going to tolerate this. I would go to class on the weekends to cram biological terms (that never came out in exams and are still stuck in my brain).

I died on the line then resurrected and continued till prize giving day came. They announce only the top three and start from the third. My name got called first.

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That wasn’t what I fought for. Hours after hours of cramming! I couldn’t comprehend why first position didn’t love me. It was painful. To make matters worse I found out that I beat the 4th placed person by 0.1%. Just my luck.

I stood up and collected my prize which was a cappuccino cup. I had never even taken cappuccino. what was I supposed to do with a cup?

I got home gave the cup to my Dad and decided academic awards were not for me. I have not looked back since then.

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