The problem with education today is that everyone wants to prove themselves. The are so hell bent on getting in this school and that university that they forget that essentially education is learning. We have forgotten the difference between educating ourselves and proving ourselves. If one learns to prove that they are intelligent , they will have ups and downs. But one who just wants to know , well there is no up or down , no success or failure. The IB , the ICSE, the HSC or whatever board you are from , it needs to be understood that you arw going to an institution to learn and not prove to someone else how smart you are. To look at life the way it functions , to neither look up to something or look down upon something is the basis of intelligence. Clarity will come when you stop running this vicious race.