Oh, you’re one of those smart ones.
True story: I skipped my 5-year high school reunion because I didn’t want to deal with the pressure of being smart.* There, I said it.
You see, being “the smart one” SHOULD be something to be proud of. But when people sneer at you and eye you with contempt, it’s hard to not feel guilty. “I didn’t do it to make you feel bad!” you think to yourself. “Should I have not tried so hard?”
But just like my mother, father, teachers, and friends always say, “You know they’re just jealous, right?”
What kind of world do we live in that it’s okay to make smart people feel dumb for excelling? Don’t people realize that intellectual progress is what moves society forward? Education brings people out of poverty, drives innovation, and levels the playing field.
Let’s be proud of the smart people in our lives. More importantly, let’s be proud of ourselves. I have a hunch that there are a LOT of Smart Latinas out there - they’re just scared, like I was, to come out and say it.
Smart Latinas - it’s time. Show them what you’ve got!
*My 10-year reunion is coming up in 2013. This time, I’ll be there.