Whenever a grade-level standard was put in place, I would always try to achieve it or even go beyond expectations. As the years went by, I realized that it is not that difficult to excel in school, if and when I can find the motivation to put exceptional effort into my studies.
Here's a topic that I've been wanting to address for a long time now, because I think it's important to differentiate between the "silent protagonist" and the "blank slate" and to understand why this distinction is important to recognize in any piece of fiction. I'm using Link in this instance, because I believe he's the one character that's debated the most with regards to this topic.
I once heard someone say that if you can't pick up and play a game right away, then it's not a good game.