Do you think that students who get awesome grades have an awesome life, read Radhika’s story as she reveals the ugly side of being the best!
My name is Radhika. I decided to write this article regarding the struggles of a topper for all my friends. I know many who have gone through this tough phase and are going through it. I hope my story helps them gather courage and move forward in life.
Presenting the week in my life.
After a break of over ten days, we finally got our result. Out of 50, I got 50 in Social Studies, 49 in Hindi, 48.5 in English, 47 in Maths and 46.5 in Science. I topped in three subjects including Social Studies, Hindi and English. I was happy to tell the results to my parents. I was elated, but my friends weren’t.
One of them said, “So what! It’s nothing new for you to score the highest.”
I could sense jealousy.
She even wanted to check my paper for any mistakes so that she could become the top scorer.
Still everyone was teasing me that I mugged up the books for scoring the highest.
My friend said “Bohot top kar rahi hai na English mein, chal is word ka meaning bata.”
It was clear that she was boiling with envy, but I let it go.
My friend invited me for a party and told me that I will have to dance. Everyone was like, “WWHATT !! Radhika’s gonna dance.”
Then another said, “It’s a good joke! She can never dance. She is damn studious and studies are the only thing she has in her life.”
That was very insulting, and I felt deeply hurt. Anger rose to the surface but I calmed myself down. I said to myself, “this too shall pass.”
Since the results have come out, the only thing my friends have done is made fun of me. Whenever I try to strike a conversation with them, all I hear are their rude comments and taunts.
I am fed up of their behaviour. I didn’t even talk to my friends today because I knew they would eventually make fun of me. I concentrated totally on studies.
I tried to console myself but could not.
Today, everyone started asking me about my routine and daily schedule. .
“How many hours of the day do you study?”
“How many breaks do you take?”
“How often do you revise?”
Since I was becoming the centre of attention, one boy started passing comments like, “Why are you asking her, if we start following her schedule, we won’t even get to play or message.”
I could not take it anymore and replied in a stern voice, “Talk about me only when you are able to score the highest. You cannot even speak English correctly so just SHUT UP.”
I talked about this incident to my mother. She told me two things. One was that my friends were trying to discourage me so that my performance deteriorates. The second was that if this behaviour persists then I should talk to my teacher.
I shared these instances with my teacher and she told me that I was not wrong and I need not take their comments seriously. She also suggested that I should speak up.
After a long time, I am able to relax and calm my mind. I am able to sit in peace and feel proud of my accomplishments. I am proud of myself. Now, people’s comments do not affect me as much. Now, I ignore them and move on with my life. I want to make a career and getting good marks is a pre-requisite for that. I will not let other people’s comments come in the way of my success