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Straight-A students have taken to Reddit to tell the world where their top-class grades have got them in life - and it's not always the most high-flying lifestyles.  

The posts cover a wide variety of outcomes, from those working in a coffee shop or not working at all to aerospace engineers flying to Japan.

The page also offered an insight into the pressure students face, with many speaking out about suffering breakdowns and depression while striving to get perfect marks. 

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Straight-A students have taken to Reddit to tell the world where their top-class grades have got them in life.

The posts cover a wide variety of outcomes, from those working in a coffee shop (pictured) or not working at all to aerospace engineers flying to Japan

The majority of Reddit users set out to prove that top grades don't always mean a top career at the end of all your hard work.

Indigoreality was 'working in IT for a straight C boss,' while another straight A university graduate told, 'I work at a coffee shop. Yup.' 

Another had the not-particularly mentally challenging job of a train conductor, while waawftutki was feeling particularly disillusioned with the fact he was still unemployed three years after leaving school with straight As. 

'Unemployed, completely unsure what to do with my life.

'School made me really really good at remembering random things for short periods of time, but I don't see how that applies to any sort of job or hobbies. 

Waawftutki was feeling particularly disillusioned with the fact he was still unemployed three years after leaving school with straight As

RockrGrll decided not to go to college and instead go on tour with her band - despite graduating in the top 10% of her class and having her pick of top college scholarships

Anotherdirtyword told how they did so well in school that they felt like a complete failure when they were averaging a B- at college

'I've been out of high-school for three years, trying to go back to school right now and I've forgotten everything. 

'It doesn't mean a thing whatsoever to be a straight A student. You need some actual motivation/passion in something to get good at it, and school has nothing to do with that.'

RockrGrll would agree with the latter sentiment as she decided not to go to college and instead go on tour with her band - despite graduating in the top 10% of her class and having her pick of top college scholarships.

She wrote that her career adviser had a surprisingly positive response, and it turned out to be the right one.

'She said how much she loved my music and was excited I was choosing to follow my dreams. That really stuck with me.

'I now own my own recording studio, work my own hours, and life is f***ing awesome.'

A number of Reddit users could have used a careers adviser like her, as they left school on a high, but soon struggled when competing with the big boys at top colleges. 

Those who found their A grades didn't help them in life or who suffered from stress and depression trying to do well warned others not to worry so much about getting top grades

'We were all told at orientation 'get used to being average',' wrote anotherdirtyword. 'I've never been average, so I brushed it off, thinking it didn't really apply to me.

'Sure enough despite all my hard work and non-stop studying, I was a B- student. That struggle really took an emotional toll on me.'

Struggling to cope, they transferred school and graduated with a B+ average.

'Getting all As in my opinion isn't nearly as important as society tells us it is,' they continued.

In fact the Reddit user blames doing so well at school for not preparing them to deal with failing at anything down the line, meaning they had to learn the hard way.  

'Your health and happiness are what's important - no one should ever tell themselves that they're worthless because they're not a 4.0 student - not all of us can be, and I've just realised myself that that's okay,' they concluded.

Stop_pot4to also found life doesn't always go as expected after 'burning out' at private college.

'I dealt with lots of depression and anxiety that led me to stop caring about school. 

Of course good grades help if you want to command a high salary, too. Sophrosynic is a software developer and 'very well paid compared to the industry average in my city'

ThirstyWombat is giving their parents a run for their money, quite literally: 'Engineer at an aerospace company and making more money my first year out of school than both of [my] parents currently make combined'

Then there are those who sound like they're living their dream, such as notconradanker. 'I'm a research scientist with an aerospace materials company. Currently I'm sitting on a plane about to leave for Japan to do some collaborative research. 'It's a good life'

'I actually failed my last class of my undergraduate in biomedical engineering, so I have to re-take that when its offered again to get my degree.

'Remember, life isn't linear and there is no right path or best life.' 

Hidinginplain_sight was a straight A student, but then decided that getting a high-flying job wasn't all that important to them.

'I went to college and discovered my love for doing anything and everything except going to class,' they wrote.

'I live a very happy life, but I'm not in school and don't have an awesome job or anything. 

'No degree, minimal money in the bank, but still happy. 

'Just not where everyone expected me to be in life, and probably a bit of a disappointment to my parents.'

Of course there are plenty of students for whom all the hard work paid off, too.

'In my second year of medical school. I come from a poor family, so I worked two jobs to put myself through undergrad,' told MDfootball2014.

'Got a degree in biochemical engineering. Realised I wanted to work with people more than machines. So here I am now. And I love where I'm at.'

Of course good grades help if you want to command a high salary, too. 

Sophrosynic is a software developer and 'very well paid compared to the industry average in my city'.

While ThirstyWombat is giving their parents a run for their money, quite literally.

'Engineer at an aerospace company and making more money my first year out of school than both of [my] parents currently make combined,' they wrote

Then there are those who are living their dream, like UncleTrustworthy who's now a chemical engineer.

And notconradanker boasted, 'I'm a research scientist with an aerospace materials company. Currently I'm sitting on a plane about to leave for Japan to do some collaborative research.

'It's a good life.'

And then there are those, like bigdumbbears, who are paving the way for our future generations...

'I'm a teacher now, making sure I was the last straight A student.'

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If you could go back and change key decisions you have made in your life, what would you have done differently?

That is the question that more than 900 Reddit users have flocked to answer in the space of just a day, perhaps in the hope that others can learn from their mistakes.

From marrying the wrong person just for the sake of it, to more trivial pursuits like not learning to play the piano, everyone, it seems, has things they wish they had or hadn't done.

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A new Reddit thread asking older people to reveal their greatest regrets has invited more than 900 comments in just one day - and more than a few users mentioned flossing (file photo)

'Older users of Reddit, what are some of your biggest regrets in life?' read the question that launched the social media outpouring.

Many of the regrets tended to focus on people's twenties rather than their childhoods or early teens. 

'Not finishing college the first time around,' one wrote. 'I had a full scholarship and didn't understand what a great thing that was. Ended up graduating three colleges and 13 year later, heavily into student loan debt.'

Several people said they wished they'd been better with money, or had started saving sooner, but others indicated that more important than cash was a fulfilling job.

'I just turned 30 and I've been regretting wasting my twenties in a boring entry-level job,' one user admitted.

'Was told in high school "pick a class you like",' wrote another. 'I liked economics class at the time. If you have kids, please spend some time helping them choose, because asking a high school student to pick what they want to do with their life with no guidance is a terrible idea.'

Many of the regrets tended to focus on people's twenties rather than their childhoods or early teens 

This user advised parents to put time into helping their children pick the right vocation 

Several people expressed regret over the jobs they chose, even if they thought they were right at the time

Squandering away education opportunities was another common complaint, as was being saddled with debt

This user had quite the list of things they wish they had done differently

Some people wish they had got married, others wish they hadn't, or admitted getting hitched to the wrong person

In response, one person mused: 'A lot of people here climbed the right ladder only to realise that it was propped up against the wrong wall.'

Taking drugs or drinking too much was another common admission, and plenty of contributors warned about the perils of not brushing your teeth properly.

'I've spent enough for two cars over the years in root canals, crowns and implants,' one lamented. 'Brush your teeth. Often. Even though it sucks, you should also floss. Every day.'

Decisions made in regards to relationships predictably had caused many people anguish.

'Got married too young and for the wrong reasons,' one wrote. 'She was not the love of my life, but we got along well, and all of our friends seemed to be marrying.'

Plenty of contributors warned against the perils of not taking better care of the teeth in their youth

For this user, alcohol was regrettably their Achilles heel - something they may have inheritied

Decisions made in regards to relationships predictably caused many people anguish

Others felt pressurised by the sudden explosion of weddings in social circles

One man relayed a very sorry tale about being left by the women he had tried to save

Another took the opposite view and stated: 'Not getting married and having children. 'My dad is dying and it sucks to know that I won't have someone that gives a s*** about me when my time comes.'

One man shared a very candid post, writing: 'Spending five years helping my ex get over her abusive relationship with the guy she was with before me. She ran off with another guy a few weeks before our wedding.'

Some spoke of their health problems, both mental and physical, wishing they'd sought help for them sooner.

While many people said they wish they hadn't got married, others expressed regret over not doing so

Some spoke of their health problems, both mental and physical, wishing they'd sought help for them sooner

This user outlined the importance of therapy, and wished they weren't too 'immature' to get it sooner

Another user wishes they hadn't 'obsessed' so much about their weight and 'dieted instead of living'

One submitter summarised the thread particularly neatly when they pointed out that the grass was always greener on the other side

One user regretted not getting diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome earlier, writing; 'Before, I'd always let people talk me out of it and tell me I'm normal.'

Another user wished they hadn't 'obsessed' so much about their weight and 'dieted instead of living'.

But one submitter summarised the thread particularly neatly with the comment: 'If you ask a man what he regrets about last month, then he'll say that he should have worked harder.

'If you ask old men what they regret about their life, then it's that they worked too much and spent too little time with friends and family.'

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