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Overly Nervous
May 18, 2001
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I am a college student and I just took my physics final. Right now I'm on the borderline between B- and C+. I tried as hard as I could in this course, but if I don't score at least 75% I will not have that B. I'm extremely nervous because I have no C's on my transcript and do not intend to. After all this work I put into the class,if don't meet my goal which was a B,I will go crazy. Someone please tell me what to do. My tension is mounting b y the second! If I end up with a C, who would hire me? I'm studying to be a teacher and C's on transcripts look bad to employers. Please help! I've done all I can. What now?

May 18, 2001
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It's not true that no one will hire you if you have C's on your transcript...especially if it is only one. I have a few C's on my transcipt, but overall my marks are honors.
You must beleive that if you give your best that you will end up where you are supposed to be. I know that it is demanding, I freek out too. But I have faith that I will end up where I belong. continue doing your best, there is nothing else you can do right now about your physics so go do something relaxing, don't give it thought, until you get your marks and then if you are not happy try to see if you can take the course again. I need to do honors for my psyc degree and I failed statistics, a course I needed, so the next year I took it again and I have one of the highest marks in the course. Just remember that this mark is not the end of the road, "if at first you don't succeed, try try again" 🙂
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May 18, 2001
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Pg lova, as I tell my kids, if you gave it your best shot, hold your head up high no matter what the score. You have no one to answer to. If you didn't, learn from the experience.

I like the fact that you set a high goal for yourself. Goals, by design, exert pressure, and pressure helps propel you onward. Establishing high goals is a great idea because even if you don't reach them, you still will have done well! That's what you might want to focus on.

Goals are not an absolute. They are mere guidelines that you occasionally surpass or miss. If this would be your only C, I'd bet that you have more than one A. That means your Grade Point Average is at least a B (3.0). And from the tone of your submission, I'd guess much higher.

I don't know your school's standard, but many schools use 3.5 or slightly lower as criteria for graduating with honors. It appears you might be close. If so, that is what you should emphasize on your resume.

As for teaching and other jobs generally, I can state with great assurance that employers do not automatically weed out candidates with C's on their transcripts. Employers' first and foremost concern is to hire employees who can do the job. And they determine that in a number of ways.

For example, they might judge your written communication skills by examining your resume and cover letter. They might look for experience, in your case your by evaluating the overall academic experience (i.e. internships, extracur. activities, hobbies) or work experience (summer or after school jobs). Or they might draw conclusions about you based on personal accomplishments. Perhaps most important, though, is the way you conduct yourself in an interview.

As far as teaching is concerned, your command of subject area is important. But (you need to trust me on this), your capacity to connect on a human level with other people will be far more important and useful. Make no mistake, your display of genuinel people skills can get you the job.

You don't mention what you intend to teach. I'll assume it isn't math. The GPA in your major and specific courses will get interest. However, your performance as a student teacher will generate much more interest.

I'll close by mentioning something I frequently tell one of my kids who seems very much like you (driven and anxiety prone).Your parents may have already said it in a hundred other ways. I say, "I would rather be proud of a well-adjusted, happy B/C+ kid, than worry about a neurotic Magna Cum Laude graduate." School's out, isn't it time to lighten up?

May 18, 2001
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Thank you for replying,

The only reason I feel this way is that I just got a full scholarship and I have been working hard to keep it. If I get a C in this class, I would be upset because science is my worst subject and I gave it my all and even went as far as to stay up late many nights studying and making sure my work was correct. Three months of work?

May 18, 2001
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Sorry, I hit enter too soon. Three months of hard work, and trying as hard as I could to make sure my grade was at least a B, and then possibly falling only 2/10th s of a point short. That would be a major dissappointment that I just couldn't handle.

May 19, 2001
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pg lova--Questions--Does continuation of the scholarship hinge on your grades in Science? Does a C in anything mean loss of the scholarship? Are you upset over the possibility that you might have gotten close to a B but didn't? All of the above? Sorry, I'm just not clear.

If you're upset because you worked hard and still didn't do as well as you wanted, I understand your disappointment. One of my biggest lessons was learning that I couldn't do everything to the degree of competency I chose. Great effort doesn't always yield great competency.

You say Science is your worst subject. It seems completely logical to me that you'd get a relatively low grade in it then. But please don't view the combination of high effort/low grade as indicative of future Science grades or even worse, intellect. I guarantee that if you loved Physics (and some do), you'd get A's or B's in it.

Consider---If you receive a C, can you get that grade replaced with a score from a "get credit for what you know/learned/life experience" test? Many states administer them and they are relatively inexpensive (here we call them College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests). I believe following successful completion and acceptance by the school, the gradeposts to your transcript as a type of transferred credit. Could you then relegate the C (if indeed you got it) to elective status? Something to think about.

Some thoughts for next time--

Have you looked into strategies that minimize the impact of your perceived weaknesses? For example, will your scholarship allow you to take courses on a pass/fail basis?

Can you delay taking classes that you believe could jeopardize scholarship continuation. Then use the lag time to better prepare for them.

I have found that teachers of summer and night classes give students more attention and latitude than day teachers. So consider taking tough courses at night or during the summer. If you take a tough course during summer you'll be able to focus exclusively on it.

Summer courses may allow you to take fewer fall and spring semester courses. Fewer courses mean less pressure, more time, better grades.

I am sure there are many other strategies. You might want to discuss them with an "expert"--a senior or grad from your college, preferably one on scholarship.

I meant to ask this last time but forgot. Will you let us know what you got for a grade? You have a bunch of people in your corner here.

May 21, 2001
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Ct2001,

Thanks for replying. My scholarship is contingent on my maintaining a 3.0 GPA. If I get a C in science there is a chance that I may fall below that requirement. The only reason I'm freaking out is that I am used to being #1 and it really hurts my pride when I try hard and still can't shine.
Thanks for the advice. I will look into that test program upon receiving my grades.

PG Lova

May 21, 2001
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Ah the neroses of being in college! I personally discovered that sometimes you need to fail in order to know how much you can suceed!

I'm on my second senior year, now, because I only go to college part-time. Plus I changed my major about 4 times! I started out on full scholarship, pre-med, really anal about school, and here I am on the track to be a counselor, relaxed about school and not only doing great, but I have a huge amount of opportunity unfolding before me! Ha ha - I lost the scholarship because my GPA got too low, but I just got a FAFSA loan, no problem, pay it back after grad school.

Now I have a 3.0 again, and to bolster my resume I decided to branch out doing several internships and research. I realized that grad schools actually value real-life experience more than academic excellence! I mean, the ideal candidate has both, but work experience in your chosen field is essential to getting in to a good grad school and knowing more about your field in general.

Try contacting your school's career resource center. And above all, relax. School isn't the be-all, end-all of life, and I had to learn that the HARD way.

May 22, 2001
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I went to the teacher today and he still told me that the grades aren't finished. As a Christian I have been actively engaged in prayer. What are some other relaxation techniques I could try. Also, another teacher completed the grades today. HE told me that the final exam hurt me. I had a 93%/ A- in the class but my final grade is an 88%/ B+. Just two points from an A, so what now? I have given my all and then some in that class with the specific goal of an A. I don't know, I am just extremely stressed out. I thank you all for your replies. You all hae been and continue to be a source of strength to me throughout this rough ordeal.

God Bless,

PG Lova

May 22, 2001
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Stop stressing! You sound intelligent and Im sure it'll be okay. about that class you just missed an A in, stop worrying because worrying won't change the situation. All you can do is know that you've done your best and once you've done that, there is nothing left to do. Enjoy your college years, they're supposed to be the most fun years of your life. What about the religious advice you give? Take your own advice and believe in God. To stress yourself out after a wonderful semester makes no sense. B is an honorable grade because it shows achievement and more importantly that you didn't work carelessly in the class. The fact that you almost had an A again shows that you achieved a lot. So again, stop stressing! I don't even know you but I'm proud of you simply because you worked so hard and that's all that matters.

May 25, 2001
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I just wanna say praise God for all of you who helped me trough this ordeal. I did get the B that I was working for and I know now to work harder from the get go so that when it comes down to the wire there will be no worrying. My GPA this semester was 3.188 which was not as good as I wanted but I'll just work harder next semester and more importantly never stop climing or striving until I reach my goal (4.00 GPA).

God Bless,

PG Lova

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