However you may think of overachievers, there’s no doubt that they excel in what they wish to. Even if ‘overachiever’ has a negative connotation for some, it’s important to take a step back and see what they can do.

“I tend to go above and beyond what’s expected of me,” Junior Luana Vasile started,  “If I do the bare minimum it’s not gonna help me in the long run. It would be better if I tried to do more now while it could lead me to good things in the future, rather than wait and be forced to do more things when I don’t want to.”

Vasile even stated she was an oddity, as she prefers overachieving not on projects, but on paperwork.

“I hate projects, group projects, all that stuff, I prefer doing worksheets. And like on math worksheets, obviously you can’t go above and beyond but like on English work and stuff like when we have to write an essay and we have to answer questions then I write a lot and go above and beyond what she expects,” Vasile said.

Some students have more reasoning behind their work ethic, however, and do it for their own validation.

“Usually, when it comes to my philosophy towards work, I like to, and it sounds really pompous, I like to be better than everybody else. Just to put it bluntly, that’s kind of one of the things I do,” Senior Kenny Peng said, “And it helps drive me to do better. To always do better than what I did last time. And because of that, I guess I  am kind of an overachiever.”

Students aren’t the only ones with opinions on their peers, however. Teachers have their own say in this students.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Roger Mayo, one of the Computer Science teachers, “If [students] want to become a really great coder, they’re not going to just want to do the small little assignments I give in class. It’s when they decide to expand, that’s when they become great.”