The Stages of Failing a Final Exam

The Stages of Failing a Final Exam


As the Fall semester of 2017 comes to a close, final exams are upon us. This means all-nighters filled with lots of studying and maybe a few tears shed. As people are finishing up their final exams, they are getting their exam scores back and there is definitely a mix of reactions among students. These are the reactions of the students that did not do as well as they hoped...

1. Confusion

The thought pops into your head:

WHATTTTTTT? Did I really just fail that?!?

2. Denial

There is no way I just failed that exam, that did not just happen....

3. Anger

How did you let this happen!!! Are you kidding me, WTF!!!

4. Sadness

You think back to the hours upon hours of studying and the all-nighters pulled to try to pull at least a C out. All of the work you put into one exam, and you feel you have amounted to absolutely nothing. #RIPMYGPA

5. False Hope

Maybe everyone in the course did just as bad and the professor will have to curve it.

6. Acceptance

This is when the "Fuck It" mentality kicks in. You really can't do anything about it at this point... unless a genius engineering student creates a time machine allowing you to go back and retake the exam.

7. Optimism

We will get em' next semester.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Dear Incoming College Freshmen, You Only Get To Do This Once

You're only a college freshman once.


Dear incoming college freshman,

You've graduated high school and you're now onto bigger and better things. As you hang up your varsity jacket and put on your new college sweatshirt instead, there are many things you need to remind yourself of before entering this crazy new life.

College is a wild world of trying new things, finding yourself, staying on top of your grades and meeting new people. You will constantly be balancing responsibilities and pushing your limits. As eventful and free as college is set out to be, it is not all fun and games. It's hard work. It's expensive. And it's exhausting. However, as overwhelming as it may be at times, you will get through it.

The day you move into your freshman dorm is going to be a whirlwind of emotions. You will meet your roommate (who will hopefully become your best friend), hug your parents goodbye, and start getting to know the other people in your hall. Really take this time to put yourself out there. These are the people you will be surrounded by constantly and the sooner you make new friends, the better. These people are going to be there to let you in when you forget your key, pregame with you before going out, and pull caffeinated all-nighters with you during finals week. It's important that you establish a strong social circle with people you trust and know will look out for you when you need it.

Do not let the freedom of living without your parents get to your head. You still have responsibilities. Nobody is going to wake you up and force you to go to school. You have to be in charge and get yourself to your 9 am classes. If you miss class, it's on you. Skipping class does not only make you look bad, but it also sets you much further behind and wastes money. Don't forget that you are literally paying to go to school.

When it comes to going out, be safe. Always keep friends by your side and never trust people that you don't know. Never take drinks from strangers and always keep an eye on your cup. You never know when a random person could slip something in your drink and it's always better to be safe than sorry. And don't ever be afraid to say "no". You are in charge of your body, what it does and what it consumes. If you don't feel comfortable doing something, don't do it. Peer pressure exists in college just like it does in high school and having the willpower to not conform to those around you is a good thing.

Stay on top of your grades. You are going to be juggling a lot, from having a social life, joining clubs and your grades. Remember that your degree is the reason that you are in school. Actually, take the time to study for your tests and expect to have to write short answers on just about every exam. Also, expect nothing you've learned from your semester to be on those exams.

With all of this being said, take the time to enjoy freshman year. Don't hold back and let yourself have a fun wild year. I wish I could go back to being a freshman all the time because I made so many memories that I hold near and dear to my heart. There were so many new things occurring, but I hardly ever felt overwhelmed because I dove headfirst into the chaos and made the best of my year. Take the time to make friends with good people who will be there for you, support you, and will be by your side in having a successful and fun year. Find your true self without giving into peer pressure. Look out for yourself because, at the end of the day, you are the only person capable of making your decisions.

Focus on your grades and don't let the expectations of a wild and 'typical' college experience take away from the reason you are at college. Go to class. Do your work. Earn your degree. It surely won't earn itself. But enjoy it. Embrace it. Have fun and be a little wild. You're only a college freshman once and it's definitely going to be a memorable year.

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Kelsey Thomas

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