I'm the girl many people in school consider smart. I'm not naturally intelligent. I'm hardworking and dedicated. I don't think people understand what it means to do well in school anymore; people are beginning to believe you are predestined to be smart or not but that is not the case at all. This causes many people not to work hard at all, because they believe they have no chance to be smart. For some people, yes of course they are naturally smart, they are born with an ability to learn at a higher level. For the majority of us including myself, we must work extremely hard to learn and get the highest grades. If you are serious about doing well in school no matter who you are you can get the highest grades by staying dedicated to your studies. It may not be the most fun thing to do, but you can not give up on it. I just want everyone out there to realize that with hardwork anyone can be intelligent and earn high marks in school. It is not limited to a small group of people, but knowledge is open to everyone and it is up to you to decide whether or not you will take it seriously and take all the information you are given in school and submerge yourself in it.
With all of that said of course grades aren't everything. You are worth so much more than the grades you get and the classes you take, so you can not let that control your life. But that cannot be a reason for you to give up on school. Knowledge is power. Focus on learning the information over memorizing for the test. The information may seem pointless now, but you never know how it could help you in the future. Even if you don't end up with the grades to go to your dream school; you should realize that all colleges are great today and you can end up with a great education no matter where you go if you apply yourself.
Eductation is crucial today, so don't throw it all away with the crazy idea that you aren't smart, because anyone can be intelligent if they are willing to work for it.