What do you see yourself as, smart people who *don't* challenge, or smart people who might fail?
I had an interesting thought reflecting back on my high school years, which for me is over a decade ago.
I realized there were a couple groups of people amongst the "smartest kids" in the school.
Some, were the grade first priority people, who sought to have perfect grades, hence ended up as the valedictorian/salutatorian of the school.
However, other kids wanted challenging courses, and took the hardest classes possible along with the hardest loads.
There seemed to be some kind of conflict between the two... on one hand, the people with the best grades got a higher rank... on the other hand, at least the top 2 people I remember, neither one of them were in the more difficult AP courses like AP Chem/Physics/Calc/Computer Science and etc.
Many of the top 20 or so were not in the gifted program either, which had more difficult courses.
The problem is, I felt like there was a bit of angst/remorse towards the people at the top, and many felt like they had *cheated* the system in a sense for the reward of prestige and/or finishing first.
This scenario more or less repeated itself in college with people trying to get high GPA's to get into Law/Med School instead of taking possibly very hard course loads.
Which do you see yourself in? Which path do you value more?