Sunday, July 28, 2013

Don't Give Up - you want a nice Tattoo.

In a ten week quarter it sometimes seems that if you didn't do well the first 8 weeks academically that you should just give up.  Don't do that.  Two weeks and finals can make a big difference between D's/F's and C's and B's.  Really it can.  And those changes in grades can make a big difference in becoming dismissed or being able to stay.

I don't think we spend enough time explaining the consequences of being dismissed from a university.  It is like getting a tattoo, in fact everything about your academic record - your grades/transcripts, the classes you pick to take, the professors you decide to talk to or not talk to, the length of time it takes you to complete your degree, the type of school you attend, and your judicial record at your institution all make a big difference on what your "school" tattoo will look like.  You can't change what it looks like, once it is there it is there.  Always.

This is why I ask you, please, do not give up.  Little bits of effort do make a difference. Little parts of your academic career make a difference.  If you keep on trying (no matter how terrible it all seems) it will make or break what your tattoo will look like.

Countless times I have to remember that you'll not believe me until you live through it.  It is like I'm your mom and if I tell you one thing you won't believe me because you know better but I have had many "children" in your same situation and it always turns out the same.  Time and time again, I hear, "I wish I had listened to you".  I wish you had.

PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP - those last few weeks, few days, few hours, all make a difference.  A big difference.

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