"I Lost My Friends Because of My Acads"

I did not even notice my friends drifting away from me.
by Anonymous   |  Aug 21, 2017
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Ever since I was in grade school, I have always been part of the top three in our class. There was never a school year in elementary that I did not receive a medal. My parents had high expectations for me. At first, I did not feel much pressure since I know that I'm always going to be in the top three.

Things changed when junior high school came. My first two years in high school weren't as fun as how high school was made to appear in movies. I barely had fun. Lessons started getting harder. My grades were slowly dropping. When the achievers were announced, I didn't make it to the top three.

My parents were so disappointed that they deprived me of my freedom. I have limited time in using the internet and I was not allowed to go out with my friends during weekends. I focused purely on academics. My life revolved around school and acads.

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On my third year, I wasn't always on the top three but I always made sure that I get honors. I also started joining contests outside school since extra-curricular activities helped me get additional points. I didn't have any time for other things. I balanced my academics and the preparations for the contests that I joined. I barely talked to my friends anymore. So soon, they started having their own group of friends without me. They started to hang out and make plans without me.

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I balanced my academics and the preparations for the contests that I joined. I barely talked to my friends anymore. So soon, they started having their own group of friends without me. They started to hang out and make plans without me.

Despite my busy schedule, I made time for us to bond again. I tried my best to catch up with them but it seems like I am not a part of their social circle anymore. They stopped treating me the way they used to treat me. I started feeling lonely and friendless. It came to a point when I didn't want to go to school anymore.

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I blamed myself for focusing too much on my academics that I did not even notice my friends drifting away from me.

I started slacking off in my studies again since I had no inspiration. I did not take down any notes and did not do well in quizzes. Soon I started feeling guilty because of my parents. I realized that doing badly in school won't bring back the time gone when I prioritized my studies and should have bonded with my friends.

After a while, I found new friends who have the same priority as I do, friends who fully understand me and my busy schedule. I gained back my motivation to go to school and to do well in my academics. This time, my motivation was not my friends, but my parents and my future.

To my old friends, I'm happy that you're having the best in life. I'm happy seeing you happy from afar. I hope your new friends treat you better than I did. No matter what happens, you'll always have a special place in my heart.

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