I Am Not As Smart As People Think I Am

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    I Play The System.

    In general, I'm informed. I feel like I'm smart but when I test I'm about average. Yet people ask me questions about anything and everything thinking I'm an authority on the subject. It could be medical, professional, financial, etc. typically I have some basic info on each topic...
    1 Response Jan 13, 2013

    I may not be smart and I may not understand big

    words or even simple words. I may not even understand some simple words but I try ok. That's all I can do try
    forgottenluna forgottenluna
    18-21, M
    Jul 18, 2014

    I Am A Deceiver... Why The Hell Am I Here?

    To note: I am an 18 year old college freshman at a state school pursuing an engineering degree. Where do I begin: When I was 8 years old I scored a 113 on an IQ test and ever since then I have labeled myself as average. I broke my *** in middle school with average results while...
    0034afff 0034afff
    13-15, M
    3 Responses Mar 9, 2013

    Run And Hide

    For the love of god will everyone stop calling me smart. I don't get it even when I meet new people they jump straight to the your smart line. It kind of puts up a barrier and I have trouble making friends because of it. I am not intelligent I just don't watch crap television...
    Morgendorffer Morgendorffer
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 16, 2013

    I'm waiting for the day they realise.

    At every school I've been to, all the students immediately see me as 'the smart one'. I'm not- I just understand some things quicker than others, and I had 8 or 9 extreme years of education in Sri Lanka. But now it's catching up on me. My English grades are falling- but no-one...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 15, 2015

    The trouble is I do get good grades

    but not because I'm clever, it's because I try. But the worst thing is people think I think that I am smart. I don't think I'm smart at all. I'm not fishing for compliments. I'm not trying to compete nor am I jealous because someone is "more intelligent" than I am. I'm just...
    Emzi001 Emzi001
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 5, 2014

    Oh Yah,

    i'm a regular ******' chud ;)
    antiyou antiyou
    26-30, F
    11 Responses Apr 3, 2010

    Hate It

    I get real uncomfortable when people try to tell me how smart I am. I know that seems like a cocky thing to say about myself but I really do hate it. It makes me feel like im being patronized or something.
    dann042O dann042O
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 28, 2012

    I'm in high school. People think I'm smart,

    but I'm really not. I have trouble sometimes in class and when I don't understand something, I kind of want to cry. It kind of embarrassing to me because before middle school, I was a straight A student and now I just feel like I'm the dumbest person in school. I get confused a...
    Misssaye Misssaye
    18-21, F
    Dec 12, 2014

    What's Up With First Impretions?

    most of the people first impretion about me is a know it all serious kind of girl who has no problem in having good grades. and whenever i fool around, telling weird jokes, i would always see their surpised expretions on their faces as if they were all thinking, "what the hell...
    natsuki004 natsuki004
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 21, 2010

    To start off, I am what some would call "a

    master of manipulation." I can make almost any person think a certain way about me, or see eye to eye with my perspective. All my life I've put on the facade of being "one smart cookie", and while I don't come out and brag about my achievements, I always find some way to mention...
    Mofojinkins Mofojinkins
    18-21, M
    Jul 21, 2015
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jun 3, 2014

    Not Really

    I have an I.Q. of 137, and while that would suggest an above average intelligence, the truth is that I'm just an average person with an above-average memory for random facts, which makes me seem smart when I'm not. If I were smart I would've done something with my life.Period.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jan 5, 2010

    I am as smart as people think I am ,

    lol I'm being super cocky eh? XD Nah, I an smart but sometimes people assume too much and point blank ask me to help them. I mean I'm smart sure, but I'm not a prodigy or Einstein 🙈🙆
    FunnyandNerdy FunnyandNerdy
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 3, 2014

    Smart? Please.

    It's funny. People have considered me intelligent my whole life... It started when I was 2 and was able to read and write early. All the way through school I was pushed through and given unfair advantages because of my nonexistant "potential"... People have given me...
    vanillacokehead vanillacokehead
    2 Responses Oct 11, 2008

    What The Hell Is It?

    It seems that some unknown  quality which I posses has led the people around me thinking I am very smart, or at least smarter than them. First it was flattering, and I used to take the comment with a 'fake modesty', belittling my achievements and basking in satisfaction...
    Fearofsilence Fearofsilence
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Apr 3, 2010

    Always Faking...

    I don't know. I was always the "brain" or the "nerd" in school. People always looked at me and thought "Wow, he's so smart. He knows everything. Just ask him, he'll have the answer." It became so much pressure to try to live up to everyones...
    EnigmaVest EnigmaVest
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Sep 17, 2009

    Reminder : a degree and high marks is not a

    measure of intelligence. It is a measure if how well you navigated the system.
    emiveritas emiveritas
    22-25, F
    Aug 18, 2014

    My dad told me that he thinks I am the smartest

    one out of me and my two sister. I go to a community college at the moment and they both graduated from one of our state's most prestigious universities. I don't know if he said it just to motivate me or if he really thinks so because I certainly don't feel smart.
    kissthedeadly kissthedeadly
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 3, 2014

    I don't like feeling like I have to live up to

    the expectations of others. People consider me a genius, but I just don't feel it...
    Cosmic0Potato Cosmic0Potato
    16-17, M
    1 Response May 21, 2015

    my mom seems to think

    that I'm an 'A' student. Normally I would be. I get one 'B' in a class and suddenly she's yelling at me for poor study habits and not handing in my homework. She makes me feel terrible
    winception winception
    16-17, T
    Jan 21, 2015

    A 14 Year Old Junior ;]

    ...and i am dumb as **** tee-hee xD
    anonymous182 anonymous182
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 3, 2010

    Not Smart

    I have been keeping this in for about 10 years + and im letting it out, No every one I am not smart. I will forget your name before you have finished saying it, i will nod and laugh at you and not heard or understood a work you said, I do not have specialised skills at work...
    6f1g130v0n 6f1g130v0n
    2 Responses Jun 9, 2010

    Not Smart

    I have been keeping this in for about 10 years + and im letting it out, No every one I am not smart. I will forget your name before you have finished saying it, i will nod and laugh at you and not heard or understood a work you said, I do not have specialised skills at work...
    6f1g130v0n 6f1g130v0n
    Jun 9, 2010

    Bad Mistake

    People always think I am really smart, I don't know why. On tests they always copy off of me. Then when we get the test back the are like damn! Hehe...
    killthejill killthejill
    18-21, F
    Oct 29, 2007

    Yeah... Hm.

    I'm not as smart as people think I am. Really. I have no idea what's going on, ever. Just because I can get an A on a math test without studying or BS my way through papers, doesn't make me smart... Just means some things come to me more easily. I hate when I ask for help on...
    kleisse kleisse
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 17, 2008


    Everyone thinks I'm smart, that I'll have no trouble succeeding in the world, but thtat's not true. I make average grades, and I never study and I have no ambition, I don't get how I can be smart if I do all these stupid things.
    necromanticboy necromanticboy
    18-21, T
    1 Response Jul 26, 2010
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