I did very poorly in high school (though I picked things up now) and was always wondering why I did so bad. I was talking with my dad about it and he blamed the group of kids I hung out with and said it was a bad environment to put myself into and provided no motivation for me to succeed. The group of guys I hung out with weren't "bad" kids per say, just REALLY lazy and never took anything seriously.
Anyone else have the same feeling regarding their friends back in HS? Maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on them and just giving myself excuses.