Or not? I recently received my scores from the examinations I took back in May. Personally, I felt pretty good about them and a lot of my friends…

Or not? I recently received my scores from the examinations I took back in May. Personally, I felt pretty good about them and a lot of my friends reassure me that they are indeed decent scores. Yet my mother begs to differ. Considering that the program I was enrolled in is international and how my mother reads the news from Hong Kong, she found a news article about how several students in Hong Kong got full scores on the same examinations — and proceeded to compare my scores to theirs. Whatever happened to the acceptance of “everyone’s different”? Parents often have the habit of comparing their children to others; it’s rather unsettling sometimes. Certain people are better at certain things and nobody’s perfect but sometimes some people just either don’t understand it, or they’re expecting too much — which is rather stress-inducing at times. Can’t I just be myself and not be judged against others? Is it even possible in this competitive society? – Vivian

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