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How do you face competition and pressure to perform?

Posted by Kristin Arnold on December 3, 2007

My daughter, Marina, was recently interviewed by US News & World Report…a feat her mother has yet to accomplish, but we won’t go there right now.

The article, entitled “Shooting for the Academic Stars: By picking top students and feeding their passions, a Virginia school lands on top“ talks about Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a magnet school for Washington DC brainiacs. It’s essentially a high school version of MIT where she is taking Bionanotechnology for fun. (Marina is not only smart, but she’s beautiful. Can you tell I’m proud of her?)

And, like MIT, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to perform. The article says, “Another student responded that the pressure helps improve time management skills. ‘You fail or you figure it out’, shrugs senior Marina Arnold. ‘And by fail, we mean B+’ adds Lepon.”

Question: Do you shrug and figure it out, or whine about it and fail?