I graduated bottom of my class.
I would have failed had I not received a 120 percentile on my enlgish final senior year. when asked how, i informed my sanctimonious teacher that "I studied for 30 minutes at lunch." no lie.
I had a dream about high school the other night as well. sitting in a classroom we were, the fellow students and I silently attentive, a teacher at her desk, head down, hair in face, eyes supposedly glued to a textbook. another student who i did not have a conversation with during my 7 years (2nd thru 12th grade school, an average of 100 students per class) started to laugh softly. the teacher chastised him rather vehemently and ordered him to write down on his demerit sheet "attempting to incite revolting behavior." he responded, "no, I think I'll write -frugal laughter in an attempt to alleviate the unwanted effects of hellish environs-"
she sat, steaming quietly. the entire class became tense. apparently we all knew that he had just declared world wars 3 thru 30 and she was sharpening her nails and preparing for the dig.
i started to laugh. and the whole class started to laugh with me. and i said "SEE, she can't even look up!" and we all stood up and crowded around her, laughing and patting her on the back in a conciliatory fashion.
i then leapt through a window and grew a beard - two things i do as frequently as possible in dreams - and began to wade through a sea of young children singing "aya-aya-aya-YOOOOOOO" and when i hit the yoooooo a guy I also never talked to in highschool however spent a bit of time with through a friend of a posthighschool friend sneaked up behind me and YOOOOOOed in harmony and unison. i looked back, and he walked backwards back to his -pack- of friends. this happened a few more times and then, not trusting his motives, i accosted him, which resulted in he telling me he wanted to get to know me better and thought i had done something quite remarkable.
hm. i've also recently had a dream about chasing a socerous wicked vizier looking villain through an indiana jones-like underground trapfest - i failed, perished, combusted. i did not rescue the princess, she did not rush into my open arms. i learned a bit about how much fun i can have while failing.