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User Image lyra_sven_aussies Posted: Nov 17, 2017 3:25 AM (UTC)
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User Image mz_bogart Posted: Nov 16, 2017 2:46 AM (UTC)
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Don't let mistakes destroy your belief in yourself. I had such a good talk tonight with Mrs. Ingratta about our first encounters with poor grades in college on papers we wrote. My 20th C. Music History and Composition crushed my ego on my midterm exam. I earned my first C- EVER in my life. I, who had been one of the top writers in high school, never earning anything lower than an A in any class except PE (I never got better than a C in PE 😕), was level by a single comment my professor wrote on what I thought was a brilliant analysis of a symphony. He wrote: "Fluffy rhetoric. A generous C-." No one had ever been critical of my writing. And it was about time someone was. I wish I still had that paper, but it was a test, so I couldn't keep it. Looking back now, I know he was correct. That C- was incredibly generous. I DID write fluffy rhetoric. Lots of words without saying anything.

I had to seek out help to improve my writing. I never wanted to be seen as a fluffy writer again. It was difficult. And so frustrating. I cried. I learned new profanity that I growled to the universe. I lost more than a couple computers to viruses and more papers than I can count (before auto-save days). A scrubbed my kitchen floor on my hands and knees while my brain tried to overcome writer's block.

In the end, that C- did not destroy my life. I didn't get kicked out of school. My parents didn't freak out. That C- was one of the most important grades I ever received though. It taught me that I wasn't as good as I thought I was. It taught me that just because I had made high grades before then, it didn't mean I had learned everything already. It taught me to get over myself. It taught me to seek out help. It taught me that mistakes are some of the most important experiences I needed to have.

#LifeLessons #Fluffeh #GradeMeGradeMe
Don't let mistakes destroy your belief in yourself. I had such a good talk tonight with Mrs. Ingratta about our first encounters with poor grades in college on papers we wrote. My 20th C. Music History and Composition crushed my ego on my midterm exam. I earned my first C- EVER in my life. I, who had been one of the top writers in high school, never earning anything lower than an A in any class except PE (I never got better than a C in PE 😕), was level by a single comment my professor wrote on what I thought was a brilliant analysis of a symphony. He wrote: "Fluffy rhetoric. A generous C-." No one had ever been critical of my writing. And it was about time someone was. I wish I still had that paper, but it was a test, so I couldn't keep it. Looking back now, I know he was correct. That C- was incredibly generous. I DID write fluffy rhetoric. Lots of words without saying anything.

I had to seek out help to improve my writing. I never wanted to be seen as a fluffy writer again. It was difficult. And so frustrating. I cried. I learned new profanity that I growled to the universe. I lost more than a couple computers to viruses and more papers than I can count (before auto-save days). A scrubbed my kitchen floor on my hands and knees while my brain tried to overcome writer's block.

In the end, that C- did not destroy my life. I didn't get kicked out of school. My parents didn't freak out. That C- was one of the most important grades I ever received though. It taught me that I wasn't as good as I thought I was. It taught me that just because I had made high grades before then, it didn't mean I had learned everything already. It taught me to get over myself. It taught me to seek out help. It taught me that mistakes are some of the most important experiences I needed to have.

#LifeLessons #Fluffeh #GradeMeGradeMe
User Image stravaigint Posted: Nov 13, 2017 3:04 AM (UTC)
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Sheets just came out of the dryer, so of course...