Jennifer felt that having already completed a year of high school gave her an edge. Even though she was beginning a new school, in a new state, at least she didn't have the added stress of being a true freshman.
The day Jennifer walked into her new, huge high school--she did not know a single soul.
This last sentence sounds a lot like a prayer!
Funny how even Jennifer seems to know that Ophelia is her placeholder for God.
It's sad when a kid worries about being ridiculed for doing well in school. It's hard to walk the "cool" line.
Jennifer's grades had been good at Bartlett High School in Alaska. Then they dropped at San Mateo High. This was for two reasons. One--the school was in the middle of town. Once she left campus for lunch, Jennifer just didn't come back. The second reason was the lower standard of academics and the slower pace. She wasn't challenged at San Mateo High.
Jennifer loved the fast-paced and challenging classes at Wayzata. She thrived on learning and thinking. She wrote countless essays and was tested and quizzed weekly--she loved it! Wayzata kept her on her toes. Plus, the school was not near restaurants, fast food and 7-11's. There was really nowhere for her to go if she left campus. Also, Minnesota throws a lot of money at it's schools and California doesn't. It makes a difference!
Jennifer saw herself as an insecure girl who didn't express herself. I don't see that. She spoke up when she cared about something. She was a cetacean "expert" and she told the teacher in front of the whole class about the sperm whale brain. She also followed through with proof. That takes some moxy! Jennifer also made a decision to get good grades--in spite of what her future friends might think of her. She wasn't as much of a pushover as she thought she was!
Jennifer was correct about the sperm whale, although it was probably not the answer the teacher was looking for! Sperm whales do have the largest brains on planet earth weighing, on average, 17.2 pounds. Our brains weigh about 3.3 pounds. Some think that a big brain is required to operate a big body. However, a 52 foot long whale shark has a relatively small brain for it's huge body size! Animals our size or bigger generally have much smaller brains than we do. We don't need a 3.3 pound brain to operate our little 165 pound (on average) bodies. I think I know one thing for sure--small-brained animals can be big or small but, either way, they can't be bright. So what's the big brain for?