The high school years:
Liz – She’s truly very, very smart. She doesn’t work very hard to earn A’s in the hardest courses available in high school. She listens in class and does all her homework, but it doesn’t take her long. She grasps new concepts quickly in her math and science classes, as well as her humanities courses. She knows she wants to be a doctor and considers high school the first step in a decade of education to come. Sometimes she reads novels under her desk when she’s bored in class.
Kay – She also takes all the most challenging courses, and earns almost all A’s, but has a sprinkling of B’s and even a C in pre-calculus. She listens attentively, but is frustrated by a weak teacher, struggling to overcome sub-par instruction. She completes her homework carefully, sometimes getting by on only a few hours of sleep. She has study groups for her hardest classes to help her master the material. She’s not sure what she wants to do in life, but expects it will be in the field of writing.
David – He never takes challenging classes and doesn’t work especially hard in class or at home. He’s asleep by 10 p.m. every night and is satisfied with B’s and C's. His teachers like him because he doesn’t need much – in the way of help or discipline, and he’s personable and easy-going. He doesn’t think about his future much, assuming everything will work out fine.
Liz attends Duke University and excels. Kay attends Northwestern University and excels. David attends University of Delaware and is still satisfied with B’s and C's.
At age 40:
Liz is a dermatologist, happily married with two children. Kay is a high school teacher, happily married with two children. David works in finance and is happily married with two children. They all hang out together all the time.
Moral: YOU WILL ALL BE FINE!!!!