Wouldn’t it be great to be remembered as the hot babe in campus instead of the chunky geek who graduated cum laude in college, as I am surely remembered now (if remembered at all)? Graduating with honors is hugely overrated. It creates an illusory label of “intelligence” on an otherwise average intellect. People assume that I’m bright when, in fact, I’m not.
Aside from all the prestige that goes with it and the accompanying perks like getting discounts for enrolling in law or graduate school, the medal becomes less of an honor and more like a restraining collar. People hold you to very high standards just because you graduated with distinction. Needing to live up to such lofty expectations, you are not allowed to make mistakes. As people won’t cut you any slack, you also have no right to slack.