You May Not Be 'Smart Enough' For School, But The Real World Isn’t All About Good Grades
When we think of intelligence, most of us would often associate it with getting high marks in school, knowing the answers to quiz and trivia questions, or accomplishing life goals you set for yourself. In Ateneo, we often call the smart students who get As in all their subjects kuwatro kids because a numerical grade of 4.0 is the highest grade achievable in school. Other schools might have their own iterations, too, but the sentiment remains the same: that getting good grades equals being smart.
In the real world though, getting a bunch of As isn’t the sole indicator of just how smart and competent you are. There are other kinds of “intelligence” out there, not just the one we were taught to acknowledge since childhood. It’s all a matter of realizing which one you have. Here are a few you might recognize within yourselves:
You know how to handle emotions well.
According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is one’s ability to “identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.” Being able to recognize your emotions for what they are—even the negative ones—and knowing how to handle them is a skill not many people have mastered.
It also applies to being able to identify and help with other people’s emotions. If you’re the kind of friend your barkada would typically run to when they have problems because they trust your judgment, then kudos to you! It’s an admirable trait your friends need to appreciate more.
You know how to interact and associate with different types of people.
We all know at least one person who has so many friends from different cliques, not just because they’re super friendly, but because they really know how to connect with different types of people. And nope, we’re not just talking about our extroverted friends, because even introverts can have this, too.
These are people who are able to adapt a broad perspective in life, the ones who can efficiently assess social situations and act accordingly, and can communicate with people even non-verbally. People are often drawn to this type of individuals because they know how to make a situation feel more comfortable for everyone who's in it, and that's something that would prove useful even in the professional realm.
You know how to utilize your body and are aware of its limits.
When it’s UAAP season and teams are battling it out on the court, doesn’t it make you feel excited and proud when you’re rooting for your team, regardless of whether or not they won? Deep inside, we all have a certain admiration for athletes for the amount of discipline and athleticism they exhibit. We wish we could be as physically strong and skilled as they are, TBH.
Many won’t often regard athletes as smart, but what they have can actually be considered “intelligence.” Athletes, dancers, performers, labor workers—they all have excellent physical control and refined body movement not a lot of people are blessed with. You may not be the type to get As in math or science, but you can be MVP material, and that’s something that should count, too.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.