I'll be the first to tell you, I didn't enjoy school. I hated waking up early and being forced to sit through hour and a half long classes in High School. Not to mention developing an intense form of anxiety that caused my hands to clam up, my pulse would race, and end up light-headed and fearful for no reason at all. Oh, to be sixteen again. No thanks. I ended up obtaining my GED my senior year due to a crummy GPA (and those pesky anxiety/panic attack moments).
I could never get myself to truly focus on subjects such as science or math. I wasn't equipped with that side of the brain - it slept most of the time, and I wasn't about to wake it up. I enjoyed art, sometimes history... and surprisingly enough, I liked literature. As a kid who knew exactly what they wanted to do at the age of 12, I felt all these courses had little information or valuable skills towards graphic design. Art was the only exception because it WAS valuable. Looking back I wish I had taken the time to search for more meaningful ways to expand my knowledge in design. The internet was taking off but certainly not like it is today with Skillshare, Adobe Tutorials, Lynda.com, and the wide array of online learning that makes up today.
In my twenties, I finally appreciated an education. I finally loved learning - but of course, I loved learning about design. There's not much else out there that I find myself needing more of, or being able to sit and watch tutorials for hours without getting bored. Design is a constantly evolving industry and I'm just happy I found it. If nothing else, I love watching it grow and expand - I just hope that some day I can contribute in a meaningful way to its growth. I wish I knew these things at 14 years old but, better late than never right? I ended my High School career with a horrible GPA; ended my College career with honors and at one point even maintained a 4.0. It just goes to show that if you aren't passionate about something, you won't go too far with it.