I’ve been 8 months out of school finally, and I’m here to say that being an A student doesn’t guarantee you anything (I would know because I was one for the most part).
No shortcuts, no “better jobs”, no financial security.
So to the question, do I regret being an A student? The answer is no, because frankly I think I was good at school and it taught me a lot of things about time, people, and self management.
But, one thing I wish I could have done more of, rather than staying up late nights to perfect a written essay or to pixel push till perfection, would be finding what really makes me an artist or a creative.