Firstly dear, it's a really good topic.
Well you have just come in your teens and am on the last stages of being a teenager, since am 19yrs old.
Believe me, the journey is indeed 'Difficult'. It's not without a reason that ppl make so much hue n cry about being a teenager, since a child's brain really goes 'nuts' sometimes during this whole teenage
......We have to really control our selves and keep a check on our desires
You mentioned that example of that girl who topped the class, but later turned complete opposite.
. Well to tell you truly, it's exactly what happened with me
....I humbly admit, that i have been a very good student throughout my school life.I was always in the good books of my teachers. I was literally a 'book-worm'. But dunno when my brain started developing all that 'chemical locha' n my interest in studies started decreasing. My focus used to wander soo much!!.....I have received soo much thrashings from my parents and teachers equally!!
....And this 'confuse' age of my life has cost me ONE FULL YEAR OF WASTAGE!!!!.....'coz i had to re-drop a year to enter the medical college!
And unfortunately, my parents were not that much supportive.
.....They just used to compare the earlier me with the present me!! Without understanding what i was going through......They used to say,'' Pehle toh tum itna padhti thi...ab kya ho gaya hai...ab tum sooti zyada ho, aur padhti kam ho''
.....Only i know how i survived that phase....
U know, i would have never known about IF had not my mind wandered soo much
....IF is the discovery of my 'ill-focussed and confused brain'
I believe had my parents been a little more understanding of my situation, i would have had more courage in myself to face the challenges of teenage!!.....But like it's said that 'Active immunity is better than passive immunity'....so since i developed everything on my own, facing my own battles, i have emerged as a stronger person now
.....Teenage issues don't effect me that much now....and i am fully able to concentrate on my studies now