Death to the “A” Student

Don’t you just HATE people OBSESSED with grades and ONLY grades?! 

Those self proclaimed geniuses must be peed upon and dragged through a pool of poo before being ignited and burnt to death. Yes, I am talking about them treacherous, imbecilic excuses of human beings who claim they have the God-given right to dominate the class through their “intellect” and memorization abilities.

And, typically in this part of the world, they’re the Hijabi girls with attitude problems. You typically see them boasting on how much they pray on time, how everything should be prim and orderly and proper, and how dedicated they are to their studies and predestined schedules.

Admittedly, there could be found some admiration in their determination to be achievers. If only they could drop the self centered attitude, and their obsession with grades.

There is one in my class, and, for better or worse, I am with her in a group project. The course is on management (like pretty much else in this degree), and therefore I am exercising my managerial skills in utilizing her OCD and grade obsession by giving her the green light on handling the “tough jobs” – because, according to her, she “doesn’t want to be blamed for the other potentially sloppy parts”. Apparently her sense of team work has eloped with her understanding of achievement and fled to someone else. With two more people in the project, my role typically transforms to the Negotiating Diplomat.

Now here is an example that truly pissed me off. After a midterm – which of course she had been preparing for for two weeks (while I on the other hand found out about the exam a week prior) – she came up to me to ask about how well I did. I told her I did the best I could do given the amount of material I had to cover in a week. She discussed all the questions with me – 3/4th of which were numerical – and her grin widened with every incorrect answer I gave.

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The next week, when the grades were out, she was appalled that we both took the same grade. She told me explicitly that it is illogical and unfair that she should study more than I did, get all answers correct, and we both end up with the same grade. I sympathized with her, myself wondering the same, though I knew the case study questions had something to do with it. She was so upset about it she kept reminding me of her disbelief at 10 minute intervals.

For the record, I was given a good grade because as I was solving I knew the numbers I was giving were incorrect and have explicitly stated how the trends should be, and noted some error in the calculation somewhere (through question marks and sad faces, of course). So the professor knew, at least, I understood the material.

Just yesterday I was telling her that we are putting too much effort researching on supply chain management (we read over 30 papers), especially that people do their PhD on the wide-open subject while we were doing a mere introduction to it. She simply answered “no we put the right effort, we will get FULL MARKS” shortly followed by “inshalla”, in case she ends up jinxing herself.

Now I understand grades are important, if you’re factoring in scholarships, future admissions to universities as well as the “excitement” in being called a “Cum Laude” (what were they smoking!). But there’s more to passing courses than grades – namely understanding the material, interpersonal relationships as well as appreciating other human beings on the same boat.

  • Mohammad

    there is way to make them die of envy that accidentally happened with me, getting the highest grade in an exam without preparation (only 2 hours study) :)
    most of such people will fail in there careers, i’ve seen a lot

  • kinano

    You should slap her across the face!

    I would :P

  • kinano

    You should slap her across the face!

    I would :P

  • ahmad

    you should thank god you only have to deal with one, while i have to deal with 150 of them in med school.

  • Mohammad

    there is way to make them die of envy that accidentally happened with me, getting the highest grade in an exam without preparation (only 2 hours study) :)
    most of such people will fail in there careers, i’ve seen a lot

  • ahmad

    you should thank god you only have to deal with one, while i have to deal with 150 of them in med school.

  • Nadeem

    I do agree with Mohammad, most of these people fail in their career.
    I used to care a lot about grades myself when I was an undergrad mostly to give my parents the joy :) however, professional life have taught me a lot. Understanding the material is much more important than mere grades.
    Remind me how often u are asked about ur GPA in a job interview!!

  • Nadeem

    I do agree with Mohammad, most of these people fail in their career.
    I used to care a lot about grades myself when I was an undergrad mostly to give my parents the joy :) however, professional life have taught me a lot. Understanding the material is much more important than mere grades.
    Remind me how often u are asked about ur GPA in a job interview!!

  • Anonymous

    kinano -
    Why slap her if I can run her over?

    Mo. -
    People need to realize there is more to life than a grade. Unfortunately academic institutes in general put a lot of emphasis on grades. And people ask why the “loser 7afartal” end up with really good jobs while the academic geniuses don’t.

    Ahmad -
    God help you brother!

    Nadeem -
    I was asked once, but it was just for a reference I guess nothing more. They didn’t concentrate on anything I did in uni.

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    kinano -
    Why slap her if I can run her over?

    Mo. -
    People need to realize there is more to life than a grade. Unfortunately academic institutes in general put a lot of emphasis on grades. And people ask why the “loser 7afartal” end up with really good jobs while the academic geniuses don’t.

    Ahmad -
    God help you brother!

    Nadeem -
    I was asked once, but it was just for a reference I guess nothing more. They didn’t concentrate on anything I did in uni.

  • kinano

    Point taken!

  • kinano

    Point taken!

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    Mr. KJ aka Moogle,
    My eyes teared up from holding in laughter reading this post! يعطيك العافيه Very fresh and entertaining to read. Looking forward to more ‘juice.’ سلامات :D

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    Mr. KJ aka Moogle,
    My eyes teared up from holding in laughter reading this post! يعطيك العافيه Very fresh and entertaining to read. Looking forward to more ‘juice.’ سلامات :D

  • http://pandimasbox.wordpress.com/ Verbal Alchemy

    oh tell me about it. i never studied and i always got straight Bs rather than As. alhough my IQ is 152. I dont think high grades define a person. street smarts are more important imho.

    and on a separate and silly note, i cud have sworn i saw u at RAKbank’s atm booth (king faisal road) the other day :D

  • http://pandimasbox.wordpress.com Verbal Alchemy

    oh tell me about it. i never studied and i always got straight Bs rather than As. alhough my IQ is 152. I dont think high grades define a person. street smarts are more important imho.

    and on a separate and silly note, i cud have sworn i saw u at RAKbank’s atm booth (king faisal road) the other day :D

  • Sarah El

    Seriously I hated those die-hard study freaks in undergrad. Especially when you hit the real world and the best students don’t necessarily make the best managers. I love popping out with a dynamite paper three hours before it’s due. Makes me feel awesome and makes the haters wanna cry

    although i definitely think med school is a different case entirely. I want the doctor who remembers absolutely everything

  • Sarah El

    Seriously I hated those die-hard study freaks in undergrad. Especially when you hit the real world and the best students don’t necessarily make the best managers. I love popping out with a dynamite paper three hours before it’s due. Makes me feel awesome and makes the haters wanna cry

    although i definitely think med school is a different case entirely. I want the doctor who remembers absolutely everything

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com/ hamza

    LOL @ part of “…FULL MARKS” followed shortly by “inshallah”.

    I wonder how your other colleagues are feeling about her.

    I suggest rallying up and going to your professor and ask her to be removed from your team for the lack of team spirit and for her not being “smart enough”.

    Oh how I wish to see the look on her face.

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com hamza

    LOL @ part of “…FULL MARKS” followed shortly by “inshallah”.

    I wonder how your other colleagues are feeling about her.

    I suggest rallying up and going to your professor and ask her to be removed from your team for the lack of team spirit and for her not being “smart enough”.

    Oh how I wish to see the look on her face.

  • http://nashashibi.blogspot.com/ adi

    loool amazingly put together, I pitty them, because they usually fail, they lack the minimum needed communication skills and have zero street IQ!

  • http://nashashibi.blogspot.com/ adi

    loool amazingly put together, I pity them, because they usually fail, they lack the minimum needed communication skills and have zero street IQ!

  • http://nashashibi.blogspot.com adi

    loool amazingly put together, I pitty them, because they usually fail, they lack the minimum needed communication skills and have zero street IQ!

  • http://nashashibi.blogspot.com adi

    loool amazingly put together, I pity them, because they usually fail, they lack the minimum needed communication skills and have zero street IQ!

  • Desert Shark

    It seems like everybody here wants these people to fail. I’ve seen this problem before, they spend their whole lives studying, mostly pushed by their parents, and that’s all they seem to know. what they need to do is to chill out once in a while and enjoy themselves or else they’ll go crazy.

  • Desert Shark

    It seems like everybody here wants these people to fail. I’ve seen this problem before, they spend their whole lives studying, mostly pushed by their parents, and that’s all they seem to know. what they need to do is to chill out once in a while and enjoy themselves or else they’ll go crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Pearl -
    I am glad you liked it!

    Verbal Alchemy -
    Now what would I be doing at a RAK Bank’s ATM :)

    Sarah -
    Being a doc is different. It sucks to be in a surgery and you need to excuse yourself so you can google how to do something!

    Hamza -
    The project is due next week! Ya lahwi!

    Adi -
    I used to be like that btw till I realized I need to be one of them street boys!

    Desert Shark -
    I understand parental pressure (I have it too) but parents are also aware that grades aren’t everything! I hope

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Pearl -
    I am glad you liked it!

    Verbal Alchemy -
    Now what would I be doing at a RAK Bank’s ATM :)

    Sarah -
    Being a doc is different. It sucks to be in a surgery and you need to excuse yourself so you can google how to do something!

    Hamza -
    The project is due next week! Ya lahwi!

    Adi -
    I used to be like that btw till I realized I need to be one of them street boys!

    Desert Shark -
    I understand parental pressure (I have it too) but parents are also aware that grades aren’t everything! I hope

  • POW

    I just graduated from high school in ’09 and I dealt with those sort of people by taking pleasure in their reactions to getting a ‘B’ or the same grade as me. I also felt bad for them cus the can’t deal with just doing good every now and then.

  • POW

    I just graduated from high school in ’09 and I dealt with those sort of people by taking pleasure in their reactions to getting a ‘B’ or the same grade as me. I also felt bad for them cus the can’t deal with just doing good every now and then.