"overachiever"

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    "overachiever"

    Firstly, this question is mainly directed at the programmers still in High School - since we're all probably the kids that, had this been 1955, would be the oens walking around with slide rules in our pockets.

    Don't you hate being called an overachiever? I'd like to know that it's not just me who hates the people who use this phrase, because the word is self-contradictory if you think about it...

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    lol, u r too hard wurking. b lazy

    lazy == programmer
    ur not lazy enuff
    ur not eleet

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    No one has ever called me an overachiever. I get straight 80's without picking up a pencil outside school. I pass in a lot of assignments late, and other I simply don't pass in. My test average is well above 80 though, so it evens it out.

    Marks don't matter much to me, I see people who couldn't claw their way out of a paper bag making 95's, so the system is obviously flawed. I simply don't see how you can accuratly measure someones knowledge/intelligence/ability with a single number.

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    Too hard working?

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    Huh? (Was that last post directed towards me?)

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    Couldn't agree more with you, Eibro. Then again it seems like I'm pretty similar to you when it comes to school.

    Sean, no, I wouldn't be like that if the times were the 50s, 60s, 80s, present day, or any other day. I may program, but that doesn't mean my lifestyle or personality is that of stereotyped programmer.

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    Hmm, I never was accused of being an overachiever - more likely eccentric

    I never turned in homework but did blazingly well on my tests, special projects, etc. I never thought much of school anyway, always preferring to study on my own.
    Code:
    if( numeric_limits< byte >::digits != bits_per_byte )
        error( "program requires bits_per_byte-bit bytes" );
    24bbs.cpp

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    I've been called several things, not the least of which being perfectionist, prima dona, pedantic, and *****y. I haven't been called an overachiever so far, not even when I was in high school.

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    Listen people! There's nothing "glamorous" or "cool" about being
    a nerd! Nerd Pride has got to die! Pretty soon there're going to
    be parades and other lame activities to celebrate the nerds of
    this country. I won't stand for it!!!

    Just because you program, that doesn't mean you need to be a
    dork, too. Just look at -Ken-; he's so rad... lightatdawn, too.


    had this been 1955, would be the oens walking around with slide rules in our pockets.
    And shoved in lockers by the cool kids that smoke cigarettes and
    wear leather jackets... You know, dangerous dudes like me...
    Remember that! Remember that I'm dangerous!!!
    Staying away from General.

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    You see, my problem with nerdom comes from me being abused
    by my nerd-father. He would lock me in the closet and force me
    to read science books... I was never allowed to leave the house;
    never allowed to go outside. I've never had a friend; my father
    wouldn't allow it. He wanted me to grow up just like him: nerdy,
    friendless, and lacking of all social-skills.

    Everyday before I left for school he would examine my appearance.
    If my pants didn't come up to up my chest, I got a whoopin' and
    was forced to stand there while he pulled them up for me -- and
    he was never gentle about it... I still have an odd aspect to my
    walk -- 10 years later.
    Staying away from General.

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    Originally posted by ethic
    You see, my problem with nerdom comes from me being abused
    by my nerd-father. He would lock me in the closet and force me
    to read science books... I was never allowed to leave the house;
    never allowed to go outside. I've never had a friend; my father
    wouldn't allow it. He wanted me to grow up just like him: nerdy,
    friendless, and lacking of all social-skills.

    Everyday before I left for school he would examine my appearance.
    If my pants didn't come up to up my chest, I got a whoopin' and
    was forced to stand there while he pulled them up for me -- and
    he was never gentle about it... I still have an odd aspect to my
    walk -- 10 years later.
    LoL
    -Save the whales. Collect the whole set.

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    >>Just because you program, that doesn't mean you need to be a
    dork, too. Just look at -Ken-; he's so rad... lightatdawn, too.

    I'm no dork, i race my four wheeler, i date a beautiful girl, i have a nice/fast car, i see movies, hell, if i didn't once ina while submit actual programming related stuff u guys would wonder why i'm even here :P

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    Yes, we're all nerds here... but just because you're a nerd, doesn't mean you're only a nerd.

    There's nothing wrong with being a nerd, there's nothing wrong with being an overachiever... if that's what makes you happy-- do it. We all end up decomposing in the ground, or burned in a furnace... why waste your life worrying about meaningless labels? Do what's fun, do what makes you happy... because NOTHING you do will ever make a difference.

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    Originally posted by Eibro
    because NOTHING you do will ever make a difference.
    That's a pretty grim statement

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    Grim... but true. Don't let it get you down Perhaps you and that... ... banana have a promising future.

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