How does it feel to be the topper of the class?
28 Apr 11
It doesn't feel great.There were too many expectations. Everyone's eyes were on me which made me like a prisoner of my own. I studied hard to get scholarships so I can study in the university without hassle. I want to study as civil engineer. Unfortunately it turned into vain. My family wanted to send me in the school that they believe was prestigious and had a quality education (but that was long time ago , not in my time). I didn't use my scholarship because they didn't want me to study far from my city. All in vain.
28 Apr 11
Hello there. :) Well, being a topper in class is really an exciting thing. It made me have the will to always be on top that sometimes some of my classmates think they are losing hope to replace me, something like that. Also, it was exciting for me because when I was in high school, I was competing with my best friend, who is a boy, and boys are known mostly to be nerds in Math. That's why in Math I really had to study harder. And after all, I just realized it has a good benefit in the end. My mom was very happy so was with my grand parents. After that, of course, they all expected me to stay that way. That's why when I graduated from high school, college life is a big, I mean really BIG shock for me. It is really a hard time for me, mainly because I am a scholar, meaning that I should maintain grades. Well, the first year in college is over, so far I am still a scholar and yeah, I am still in the will to be a topper in class. :) (Even if it means being "under pressure") :P Have a nice day! :)
28 Apr 11
It feels good when you'll be one of the toplisters in class but it also adds pressure on your part especially when you have been on top for many consecutive years. Teachers and members of the school administration will have higher expectations on you by then. You would have the fear to break the record and make the people around you disappointed. =0
28 Apr 11
I was in the top of my class when I was in grades 1-3, and in college. I have to admit it feels great because it's a sense of achievement and it increases self confidence. The downside is people have higher expectations and when there's no one in the room answering the teacher during recitation, the teacher looks to the top students. There's the pressure to be able to answer correctly all the time and when there are some momental fails, it has great impact. There was one time in summer when we had class in college. It was my first time to experience summer class. I had no choice because it's in the curriclum of most colleges to have classes during the summer. I was still not used to the idea of having classes in summer because my mind's still fresh from the high school idea of a long summer break. I did well but I did not go to my full potential. I got a low grade in one of the quizzes. It was just a quiz but I remember my teacher asking me what happened to my grade. Also, I got a low grade for one of the classes because I found the instruction not so good and that I can't study all that during the summer, again, because my mind is set to vacation mode It's such a big deal when that happens to top students in class. People don't know that we're also people who sometimes make mistakes and that some may be going through a phase.