Straight A Student

In Straight A Student, PAIGE talks to her next-door neighbor Sally, who is a couple years older than her and extremely popular.

Paige: I don’t want to be me anymore.  I want to be the me I have in my mind, the one I wish I could be.

Right now, I’m viewed as the straight A student, the smart girl.  The one who gets straight A’s on every test I take.  The one everybody seems to get the cheat sheet from.  I don’t want to keep feeling used.  (beat)  I’m tired of studying.  I’m tired of knowing all the answers.  I’m tired of teachers always smiling at me and depending on me like I’m their assistant.

I want to break free.  I, I need to break free.  I don’t want to care so much anymore about grades, homework and my future.  I want to laugh like the other girls and go to parties and talk to guys and feel like I’m living my youth like everyone else.  The same way that you do.

I don’t know how to make this change.  Can you help me?

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