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The Bull's Eye

DBHS Student Publication.

The Bull's Eye

DBHS Student Publication.

The Bull's Eye

Challenges of an academic weapon

cartoon courtesy of Meilan Busteed

My life is officially over.

I failed last week’s chemistry exam. How could I have been so dumb? After pouring my blood, sweat, and tears into this test, I was so confident that I’d get a 100. But instead, I got a 96 because I missed two questions. Two too many. This is all my fault.

I was furious at myself, then felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach after retrieving my test from the teacher. How could I have gotten such a terrible score? My teacher tried to comfort me by saying that I did great, but I know that he was just trying to alleviate the unbearable pain I was feeling. I was in the depths of despair, realizing that I had just dug myself into this infinitely deep hole I could never climb myself out of. And why was this old geezer treating this as a happy moment for me? I was clearly devastated.

Ever since that bonehead graded my test, my grades have totally gone down the drain, and there is now a permanent blemish on my academic record, which previously had straight 100s in all of my classes, but now has a lone 97% . I’ve ruined my dreams of going to Harvard. I can’t even look at myself in the mirror anymore!

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Everyone else in my class seemed pretty content with their score. But for some odd reason, no one seemed to care that I was suffering. No one even wanted to hear about my problems! How egotistic of them.

Over the past few days, I cried for hours in frustration for what I wanted and believed I deserved. Until a few days later, when my friend finally decided to show me some sympathy—or so I thought. She asked me what was wrong and I told her the horrific news. But what happened next I never expected.

“I can’t believe you,” she muttered. And she abruptly turned and walked away! I was shocked. How could my friend be so mean? Why is everyone so selfish and self-centered nowadays? Why does no one have any compassion for me anymore?

You know what? I’ve had enough of this. Next test, I’m going to do everything in my power to secure a 100. I will study twice as hard, eat a meal a day, and sleep for an hour a night to maximize my time spent studying. I refuse to fail again!

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Eric Zhang, Asst. News Editor

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