Todd: What about the idea that some people thinkthat maybe there should be no grades? That there isjust maybe you achieve or don’t achieve. It’s morebinary. Either yes or no.
Nydja: I don’t really know how I feel about that. Iwent to a school when I was younger that actually didn’t have … everybody was just puttogether in a large room and different teachers worked with different students according totheir abilities and there were no grades. As an adult now, I’m not really sure how I feel aboutthat system. I wasn’t there long enough to see what I could do with that environment. If itbenefited me, or if it was to my detriment, so I really don’t have an opinion on that.
Todd: How about when you were younger, were you often stressed about your grades?
Nydja: Yes. Yes, I was. I was very stressed. I used to stay up until three or four o’clock in themorning trying to complete projects. Studying all the time. I also did track, so I was veryworried. You’re in competition with your classmates because later on you have to go and getinto college and then you have to get a job and it all starts in primary and secondary school,so it’s important to do well there.
Todd: So, you’re very young but later in life with children, would you want your children toworry about grades, or would you want to be a parent that tell them “huh, not so much!”
Nydja: No, they will definitely be … if I have children, they will definitely be concerned aboutthe grades that they’re earning, and I will not be easy on them in that regard at all. So, theyhave a lot coming to them.