Most of my friends at Liberty University are honors students, and one thing that I’ve noticed among my friends is a certain difference in the way we talk about things compared to the main student body. By that, I don’t mean that we use bigger words, although sometimes we do, but that some of the words we use actually have different meanings.
I’ve decided to put together a little list of translations to help the parents or loved ones of honors students. Some of these may be slightly exaggerated, but most are, at the very least, spot on as far as how it feels.
What it usually means: To not receive a failing grade on an assignment or in a course.
What it means to an honors student: Get an A.
What it usually means: The highest grade one can get.
What it means to an honors student: The only acceptable grade one can get.
What it usually means: The second best grade one can get. Pretty good.
What it means to an honors student: Abject failure.
What it usually means: A passing grade. Nothing to strive for, but not horrible either.
What it means to an honors student: Evidence that you are a totally hopeless individual.
What it usually means: Not a good grade; failing.
What it means to an honors student: Terror and damnation. The end is nigh! Your personal apocalypse has come! You may as well hide under a rock and never show your face again.
What it usually means: Spending a few minutes every day glancing over the textbook.
What it means to an honors student: Spending hours poring over the textbook, the extra assigned reading, and every extensive page of notes you’ve written, doing every extra-credit assignment possible, and forming study groups.
7. “Free Time”
What it usually means: Time used to hang with friends, relaxing or adventuring.
What it means to an honors student: See “Studying.” Or sleep.
8. “I’m fine.”
What it usually means: Everything is alright.
What is means to an honors student: Everything is not alright, and I’m drowning in school-induced worry.
9. “I slept in and missed (insert school-related thing here)”
What it usually means: Oops, I accidentally missed something. Oh well.
What it means to an honors student: See “D-F.”
What it usually means: Grade point average.
What it means to an honors student: A paper boat carrying precious cargo adrift in a raging sea that threatens to sink it at any moment.