Student argues: Being average doesn’t cut it

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Anything from school to sports to my social life, I have always considered myself average.

Nine times out of ten, the average people get over looked in more ways than one. In the classroom, their opinions aren’t considered, authority figures in their lives do not push them to their full potential and their friends don’t take them seriously or even look down on them.

The average standard is usually objective. Anything from GPA’s to baseball batting averages. However, that average number does not live up to the words of its definition. The number is usually considered “low”. For example, I got a C on a test and that grade is considered average, however C’s are not considered strong grades. Thus, the average student gets short-changed.

In almost any educational or recreational setting, there are more opportunities for the above and under average kids. For the over achievers, there are AP and Honors classes or invitational events for sports. Then for those who may need more help in the bottom of the pack, there is extra help given like support groups, clinics or private lessons. Where does that put the average kid? It puts them in that group of kids that are overlooked at most times.

This is all coming from personal experience. As negative as it sounds to be average, I have learned to embrace it. By being average, different opportunities have come my way. I am able to tutor students who are struggling below me in a language they can understand. Then on the flip side, if I were ever struggling with academics or sports, I could find someone who was better than I was and it would not be hard for me to get back on track with their guidance.

Being average also teaches you to be independent. Nothing is handed to you; everything you do academically or socially, you need to fight for. Average kids need to stand up for them to get the credit they deserve. In the long run, it makes you a better person.

Sometimes people don’t notice but when you tell an average kid that they can’t do something, it pushes them to excel. Average people are constantly striving to be the best but sometimes it’s not enough.

The average kid could turn into the best hire for a client or manager. They work extra hard to prove to people they are worth their time and money. If you hire someone who is perfect and exceeding the average at the time of the interview, they could get wrapped up within themselves and don’t get anything done because they think they are too good for the job. Or that perfect person could get bored easily and want to more on the next job. And everyone knows it wouldn’t be a wise decision to hire a below par worker. They would not be able to handle or the work load get swallowed up in the pressure of the workplace.

Being average is not something to be ashamed to be. This standard was set by society as normal, and nothing is wrong with being average.

Email:jsalzano@radford.edu

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