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Smart Kid Myths: Debunked

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Disclaimer: No smart kids/regular students are roasted in this post, nor does it promote any sort of negative behaviour towards either party. This is just my take on certain views regarding smart kids, and just a random post idea I thought of during my exams. Hope you fellow students can relate to this post!

No matter what level of education you’re in: it is inevitable that smart kids bag the top spot in academic rankings. Despite having variable levels of popularity, they are unfortunately the ones who end up dealing with so many haters on an on-off basis. But is being a smart kid really that awful as they say?

Well, this post mainly focuses on debunking a few specific myths that often surround such kids. This post was also partly inspired by Akshita’s Topper Post, which I suggest you give a read since it has an interesting take on the topic of toppers. Without further ado, let’s start debunking the myths.

#1. “Talents are only limited to books.”

With the exception of few people who actually fit this assumption, people automatically assume that smart kids lack other talents and are only seen as bookworms. I mean, come on guys: us smart kids have a life outside books! We like to indulge in things that we find relaxing or keep ourselves occupied, just like the rest of you do (even though some may be secretive about it). You’ll never know when our other talents get a chance to shine, right?

#2. “Smart kids are arrogant.”

Just like the previous myth, this one also varies from smart kid to smart kid. Even though we’re proud of our braininess, we don’t always have the urge to throw it at your face every 0.05 seconds, nor do we wish to bully those who don’t do well/do okay in studies. As a matter of fact, some of us are rather friendly and nice. Some of us are even capable of having a nice normal interaction or even carrying ourselves around without coming off as rude or arrogant.

To sum up this point: we don’t always behave like stereotypical cats!

#3. “Smart kids are boring and lonely.”

Not necessarily the case, buddy. You see, some of us have a rather interesting personality and a good circle of friends whom we adore and trust: be it fellow smart kids or other regular students. Our conversations aren’t that boring, we could just be chatting about our favourite fandom/artists/anything for that fact: it doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around geeky facts all the time.

We can show you certain social skills we have up our sleeve only if you gave us a chance to do so, and you might even enjoy our company eventually. So go ahead, give it a try!

#4. “You study for 2000 hours a day to be this smart!”

Inspite of telling people that you study for a reasonable amount of time or how simple your study methods are “n” number of times, they still refuse to believe it. They just assume that you are born with superhuman brain power to be that smart and are being very stingy in sharing it.

The truth is: studying capacity of a person within a certain time period varies considerably. Some have the capacity to study continuously for 10+ hours while some do just fine by studying for 2-3 hours. The same can be said for study methods as well, since every trick or hack doesn’t work for everyone. My advice is that you stick to something that works for you, and if you feel like your current method lacks flair; you can find hacks and slowly add them to make it more interesting: while being committed to it at the same time.

#5. “There’s no way you’re flawed. You’re absolutely perfect!”

Sadly, we’re all human like everybody else. We can’t always live up to the very high expectations that are set for us, since there’s only so much we can take/do, i.e, even we have our limits/breaking point.

We do have our own set of flaws, but it is generally brought to everyone’s attention only when you slip up: case in point being when you get an okay-ish/bad grade, or when you get an answer wrong in class, or even when you ask for help. Instead of being understanding and helpful, people often look down on you and secretly/openly make fun of you behind your back. Don’t you think we feel the same pang of hurt you feel when you are at the receiving end of such bullying? We have the same set of emotions to, you know.

From this, you can now get some idea about the true nature of the smart ones. Being a smart kid isn’t all that bad, it does have some plus points as well: if only we didn’t judge them by the stereotypes. What do you guys think about these myths? Lemme know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share other misconceptions on this topic as well.

Until then, fellow readers! SS is out for the week.

-Silver Stone

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23 thoughts on “Smart Kid Myths: Debunked

  1. As I said in Akshi’s post, I totally relate to this. When I was in 9th Grade, I usually came 1st in class so you can imagine what other people thought…blah blah blah. During our class assembly I choreographed a dance and danced in it too and that was when they realized that I don’t study ALL THE TIME!!
    Loved this post as always!

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  2. Great post, and made me remember about some of the stereotypes others had of my friends and I😅
    Also, remember to add that while most ‘smart kids’ seem to be good at maths and school, that’s also because most of us went to take grinds and extra classes…so it’s because we went to school twice

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  3. This post is so relatable💙 I agree to all the points you have made. People just assume things about smart kids and just don’t get their actual frame of mind.

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