Failing Out

5 comments | December 24th, 2011

(story submitted anonymously, by a Chestist)

Just the thought of school is enough to make us run screaming into the night.  We didn't like it, and we didn't often do that well at it.  One of you wrote us with this and it seems she's having her struggles too:

I'm slowly failing out of school, little by little. My GPA is lowered enough that I'm going to lose my scholarship. My parents only tell me to get As and yell at me when I don't.

Getting a C is utter failure and getting an F is the most unthinkable thing. But I've gotten an F now.

The people in my real life never listen to me or ask why this happens, they just demand I do better. The only salvation I have is from internet friends who support and listen to me. {end story}

It's our opinion here @OOC HQ, that school's just not for everybody and that how well one does in school isn't necessarily a predictor of how well you're going to do out of school.  Don't get us wrong, we're all about education and learning how to learn.  It's just that not everybody learns the same way.

What about you, do you agree or disagree with us?  How were school days for you?  Did you ever get an f, or worry about failing out?  Did it affect you more than in the moment?  Let's talk and see if we can't be the internet friends who support and help this Chestist. 


  • EssSeeEm

    Posted on December 24, 2011

    I failed 3 classes (including North American Geography and Oceans of the World), barely got out of school in 5 years, and have managed to have a pretty darn good post-college life. I do not mean to suggest that school’s not important, nor that how you do in it isn’t either. I do not, however, think how you do in school has much at all to how you’ll do afterwards, the pressures of family aside…………

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    • Vicki Tans

      Posted on December 24, 2011

      100% agree. Unless ur planning to go to grad school, learn as much as you can and let the grades fall where they will. I was a history major for crying out loud. What do I do with that? LOL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on December 24, 2011

    Parental expectations suck.

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  • Sal

    Posted on December 26, 2011

    Have you tried getting some help with school? Most schools have tutors available or ask some people in class to study with you. I don’t think grades are that important, but they matter to you, so try to get some help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on February 1, 2012

    Honestly, all that anyone can ask you do in school is your best. That’s why it’s completely true that if school isn’t for you, then it just isn’t for you. But you, well, you’ve been getting A’s. For some people, their full potential is a C+, and that’s amazing, as long as it’s their best. This though, this doesn’t seem like your best. DO NOT let anyone tell that that means YOU are a failure. So you’ve fallen a little off the academic track, whatever. It happens to everyone. But if you don’t live up to your potential, then you’re cheating yourself.
    Also, you don’t seem to be so worried about what people think about your grades, as that nobody is paying attention to what’s going on with you and why you’re not doing so well. Sometimes, it’s up to us to reach out. You just have to be strong enough to do so. Don’t worry though love, I believe in you.

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