As far back as I can remember, I was always regarded a SWOT. That was the term given to the “intelligent” “hard-working” or “geeky” kids at school. I was a model student. A teacher’s pet kinda guy.
They talk about rule-followers and rebels; I can say without a shadow of doubt I was, and pretty much still am, a rule-follower.
Naturally, I did well in primary school. I was one of the most “intelligent” (if not the most intelligent) in primary school. I use the word “intelligent” in speech marks because it’s a word that has different meanings for different situations. I was school-smart, i’m not street-smart, so definitely not classed as intelligent in that respect.
Anyway, in high school again I was one of the top performers. College same thing. In fact my essay-writing style in A-Level law was so precise the tutor got up one day, and started making aeroplane noises followed by gun-shots after calling me a Blitzkrieger.
I didn’t know wtf he meant so just smiled shyly, as I always did. The rest of the class was confused too.
He went to explain that back in the war blitzkrieg aircraft would go to very specific locations (eeeeeaaaaoowwww) and when they reached their target they’d fire (pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow) and then they’d move straight on to the next target (eeeeeaaaaoowwww) before firing (pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow) and so on.
That was how he explained my essay style. I’d get to writing on any given subject (move to target), and then pow pow pow, bang out all the relevant points, before moving onto the next relevant topic and pow wowing through the relevant points and so on.
If that didn’t raise my ego enough, this same tutor went to lengths to obtain my “official” exam paper to use as a model template for future students of his.