For most teens, the GCSE’s are a source of consternation, a rite of passage that must be navigated while you grapple with such trivialities as prom dresses and annoying younger brothers.
So imagine having to ensure that you pass your GCSE’s whilst campaigning around the world for the right of young girls to have a decent education.
We’ve known that Malala Yousafzai is not just a pretty special young lady but one who has an almost esoteric spirit to her.
Forget the Nobel Peace Prize, forget the speeches to the United Nations, forget having to overcome the trauma of being at the receiving end of a Kaleshnikov whilst returning from school, forget having to resettle in an alien country thousands of miles away from your homeland, forget building schools for war refugees in the Middle East, ad infinitum.
The 18-year-old has just trumped all of those achievements by passing her GCSE’s with flying colours.
Malala’s proud father Ziauddin Yousafzai today tweeted her results and they make for pretty staggering reading.
How in heaven’s name can a teen achieve that?
According to her family, Malala has made time for school work by declining scores of speaking engagements and interview requests in order to focus on her school work and the Malala Fund which has raised millions for education projects around the world.
Just a few weeks ago, she spent her 18th birthday opening a school for refugees in the Lebanon.
Aside from her core GCSE subjects, Malala also took an additional maths exam at the Edgbaston high school for girls.
Edgbaston high school, where fees are £3,878 per term in the senior school, had a GCSE pass rate of 98.3%, and 28% of pupils achieved 9 or more A* grades.
Malala has said she wants to study arts subjects for her A-Levels and then follow her idol Benazir Bhutto to Oxford University.
At the rate she’s going, that’s not going to be difficult at all.
After that? Who knows.