dazed and confused in vancouver

Shooting for the moon and landing among the stars

October 4th, 2008 · 4 Comments

All of last year, I struggled with being a subpar student.  I have a long list of excuses as to why I was subpar, whether it was my lack of IB education (only one school in Ottawa had it and it wasn’t mine), the fact that I’d been out of the school system for 2 years, the fact that I was homeschooled for 3-odd years.  I grew accustomed to the fact that getting a C+ was normal for me and anything above that was a blessing from above.  I do not think I that I am stupid, I just found that I had a hard time getting into the university mindset.

Going into second year, only being able to register on the second-last day of registration due to a low GPA, I really wasn’t expecting much better from this second year.  I’ve set myself some goals, like no C’s, getting a 70%+ average so I can apply for Go Global and getting a 74%+ average so I can apply for the Asian Studies Honors program.  Did I realistically expect to achieve these goals?  Perhaps not.

So far this year, I have not received anything less than a 90% in Japanese and I was just returned an in-class essay with a mark of B+/A.  For anyone who has ever heard me complain about it, I am the worst in-class essay writer as I tend to have problems developing a thesis and supporting it within the time allotted.  In high school, my teacher would call my mother because I would write really good essays that had absolutely nothing to do with the question asked.

Maybe my goals aren’t so far out of reach after all!  This year, I’m making concentrated efforts to sit down and do my readings, prepare for all quizzes, be comfortable with the material enough to get through essays and such.   It is possible!  For all you slackers and academic misfits, it IS possible!

Now, back to work researching for a paper that is worth 50% of my final grade, ack!

Tags: Academic · ENGL 110 · International · JAPN 102 · Wellness

4 responses so far ↓

  • Eastwood // Oct 4th 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Hey, there’s some inspiration for the rest of us. Thanks!

  • Saman // Oct 6th 2008 at 10:28 am

    I know second year registration can really suck but here is a tip: for classes you wanted but didn’t get, email the prof and asked to be put on a waiting list. Show up the first day of class and plead your case–that’s how I got into most of the courses I wanted. And monitor the SSC site religiously, people drop out all the time. Good luck!

  • victoria tothill-brown // Oct 6th 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hahahah, yeah, I stalk the SSC like crazy. XD I’m still trying to get into an econ class for next term, but I’m sure people will drop the class during the first week.

  • Humaira // Oct 6th 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Yay redemption. I had much the same experience in my first –> second year transition. Feels good to get what you give. Congrats on your awesome returns so far =)

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