If you're starting to think it's stupid to be smart, think again. No matter what you excel in, you need to be proud of who you are. Meet Chloe. She’s one of the smartest students in her class. But when test scores were posted—with her name usually at the top—some classmates acted stupidly. They called her "teacher's pet" and "nerd." So instead of feeling happy about her successes, Chloe felt miserable. If you've had this experience, you're not alone. You and Chloe can get through this together. Being smart is cool, and it’s up to you to embrace it. Control your destiny Do you want to go to a good college? Your chances get better with every "A" you earn. So instead of worrying about not fitting in with classmates, think about how great it will be to go to the college of YOUR dreams. Anybody can get a job —but smart people can have careers. Law, medicine, fashion, the arts —all these require dedication and brains. And since you know being smart is cool, and you're heading to a top college, you're ahead of the pack. By the way, guys do think being smart is cool. They ARE attracted to smart girls. Girls that stay in long relationships have strong personal interests and good conversation skills. Guys want interesting companions —not arm ornaments. Take action now So your looks bright, but don't give up on the present. Find a group at school or in the community that shares your interest and understands that being smart is cool. Love the French language and culture? Join the French Club. Think Bill Gates is a true guru? Join the Technology Club. Just want to hang with other smart people? Check out the local chapter of MENSA (an organization for people with high IQs). You'll have a great time meeting people and expanding your mind. future Don't feel like a weirdo for being smart. Be proud of your intelligence and grades. They'll take you places. Learn why smart is cool with helpful information to help you feel better about wisdom from BeingGirl.com.