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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    In ninth grade, my lack of a need to study caught up with me. As one guidance counselor put it, "you're a Corvette doing twenty-five." By senior year I managed to raise my grade point average to a level that would not diminish my standing for college acceptance. In college, of course, I studied what I enjoyed, so earned my bachelor's magna cum laude.
    In college, though, they still make you take classes that you don't like -- and those are the ones I did bad in and eventually got put on academic probation and now suspended for a semester.

    Of course, the school administration tells you they do that so you're well-rounded, but smart people know that in our capitalistic society, a "well-roundedness" philosophy is just a way to cover up true motives of making money.

    It's interesting how so many sources say that N's do well in college, but what I'm reading here is quite the contrary -- even when it's not related to a J preference.

    My guess is that SJ's have a better work ethic than NJ's because an SJ's priorities seem more in tune with the norms of society or their group.

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    I foolishly did well in school. It was a waste of my effort (although there really wasn't much) because despite graduating as one of the top 5 students in my high school class, it never actually got me anywhere. I was afraid of disappointing my parents and teachers.

    If I had to do it over again, I would have much more fun. I think high school is as much about learning how to interact with others as it is about the material that is taught. It's like it's own little interesting world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    If I had to do it over again, I would have much more fun.
    Yes, and having too much fun comes with another set of negative ramifications.

    You'll will just have to trust me on that observation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    Yes, and having too much fun comes with another set of negative ramifications. You'll will just have to trust me on that observation.
    Even fearing we could turn out like you, I think we're all willing to take our chances.

    If I did it over again, I'd choose to get to know people better and spend more time in extra activities.
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    I worked quite hard at uni and got really good marks, took extra subjects and won an award. This was mainly due to the fact I thought doing well at uni was important. Unfortunately that is very untrue. The older I get the more I discover its who you know not what you know. And it also helps to be ultra competitive and willing to F#@$ people over to make a buck.

    To be perfectly honest, you're alot better off socializing heaps at uni and making lots of "friends" (useful people to network with). It's better for your career.

    The corporate ladder is really just a pig trough and you have to push your way to the trough, get a good position and hold it for as long as possible until eventually someone knocks you off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    Yes, and having too much fun comes with another set of negative ramifications.
    I didn't say "too much fun," I just said more fun. Some of us can balance work and play without getting into too much trouble.

    Although I'm not sure if I could, but I'd give it a shot if I had to redo it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    I didn't say "too much fun," I just said more fun.
    Noted. And I would do the same if I had the chance to do it all over again.
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    High school things were great. My undergraduate grades were above average but during my doctoral program things went a bit out of bounds and I ended up taking a terminal Masters Degree. Combining all of those I'd say I did fairly well.
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    I got straight A’s until the start of grade 6. From there to the end of grade 8, I was way more involved with fun friends and personal hobbies to focus on school as much. That’s not to say I was a genius underachiever; before grade 6 the work was very easy to do casually, but from grade 9 and on, it requires a great deal of attention and commitment to do above average. I didn’t notice the increased difficulty transition, so with my lack of focus, and poor study habits, I get owned.

    I’m nearly finished my senior year now (grade 12) as a below average student. I need to make up for a lost credit, and stay one more semester at another school. At this point though, school is damn boring. I’m basically not going to make much of and effort, since I’ve pretty much been eroded into retardation. I’d perform at mediocre even if I cracked down and gave it my all.

    It’s just a conditional issue to me now. “Have a diploma? Great! I’ll take you seriously as a young adult. No diploma? Another dumbass dropout, bye…” The latter condition wouldn’t be useful for finding work. However, I don’t care if I have the diploma with a final average of 90 or 65 – I just need to have it.

    Anyway, dominant point: School (work) genuinely sucks, so my attitude towards it also fluctuates within the range of ‘this sucks’ (little motivation).

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    I did just fine up to the fifth grade -- gifted classes and whatnot.

    After that -- I stopped doing schoolwork. My test scores for the SATs and such still made it to the top percentiles of the state, but that is the only reason I passed.

    I was thrown from school to school due to moving and my own behavior, and eventually was sent to a 'special' school for the drastically dumb and amazingly intelligent. I finished high school at fourteen and haven't set foot in a school since. I did not do well socially or with the teachers, except a rare few. I was not a fan of school.
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