Grades on Paper - Are They the Definition of Life?

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Submitted: September 24, 2015

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Hello my little Elemashiyans!

So, lately, as you all probably know from my updates, I am under a lot of stress and fighting my depression as best I can. A lot has happened. Let me explain in the best way I can.

So, basically, today I went down to Belfast to attend the 'Icons' festival, were they talked to young people about aiming for the stars and getting their dream jobs in either tech, music or film. I was interested midly, so I rather enjoyed the talks they gave. They all said they started out rough; low and dirty, and used their talents to get them where they were. Isn't that great? Using something you can do amazingly and get to the top of the world? Yes, it isn't like that in my world.

I love writing. I love drawing. I love creating. Gaming. Computers. Biology. Animals. I could give you a list. I have talents, and I can weild them like a weapon. Now, let's twist the story. Back in May and June, I did my exams, which goes towards your GCSE's overall mark. (A GCSE is kind of a small qualification here in Northern Ireland). I did them. Was happy and confident. Except for Physics, because our teacher decided to literally disappear for more than half a year.

In August, I got my letter. How excited I was to open that damned letter, just gazing at the gorgeous A's flood the page. HA. Boy, was I wrong. I got a big gangbang of Ds in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology. My four 'most important' modules. But, was I sad? No. I wasn't. I ignored it, because they were only a small percentage of what was really going on in school. I went to my Biology teacher and told her about the mark. She was shocked, because I was getting As and Bs in my Biology tests all year around. Then it came to that stupid module and it just went BOOM. I'll never know what happened. Probably the cocky Examiners had their own opinions about it.

So, my Biology teacher said that I should repeat my test this November, which I agreed to. But, I was ripped off; you have to pay £8.50 for each test you to. I popped over to pay for it anyway, and was happy. I was done. Just knew I had a teeny bit more work to do this september and october, then do the test and it was over. Again, I was wrong.

I have been forced to repeat all of my tests because of my 'horrendous' mark. Yes, all of them, and I can't change their mind. In my school, you will not realise how horrible and crazy that is. This means I will waste my time two hours after school days catching up with bullshit that I do not need again. I FAILED. So what? That's the past. Can we move on? No, we can't. Because, you know, 'grades define what you do in life'. Ain't that right, school?

What about my natural talents? What do I do with them? I have actually been told by three adults that I should give up my writing hobby and potential career (which is 'an impossible dream', by the way) just to focus on damned tests that I don't need to do anymore. School is overrated. Grades are overrated. Letters of the aplphabet on paper... are overrated.

Listen to me right now, all you young ones. You have a talent that you can wave like a sword? Or shoot like a gun? Paint like a brush? Type like a computer? Write like a book? Think like a genius? Figure like a mathlete? Run like the wind? Whatever your super power is, you fucking use it and forget this shit about a letter of the alphabet defining who you are. I'm under stress and depression, like some of you maybe. This is all I need, for four tests shooting my way. Some of you are probably like me, but are you willing to stand by my side and rebel like me? Sometimes I think I'm the only one.

I'm not saying to flop school. You do need grades for high and severe jobs, like Doctors and Engineers, but fuck sake-

You are not a letter of the alphabet. You are a person. With a power that no one else in the world has.

And that is your fucking super talent.


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