I Failed A Class And That's Okay

College is hard.  Work is hard.  LIFE is hard. 

You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to constantly be successful.  Failure and mistakes are a huge part of life and that is OKAY. 

I failed a class my Sophomore year of college and it taught me so much.  It opened my eyes and made me realize that I had to put more effort into my future.  I wasn’t focusing on my schoolwork and I was letting myself become way too distracted when I had assignments.  Procrastination was my best friend but quickly became my worst enemy when I saw my final grade.  Not only did I fail a class, but I put myself behind by almost an entire semester because of it.  The sad part is that I didn’t even realize how poorly I had been doing. 

Looking back at it now, I know that in some ways it made me a better student and made me realize that I needed to become more serious about my future.  I didn’t want to procrastinate anymore, and I no longer wanted to settle for C’s.  I get my work done ahead of time and write EVERYTHING down in my planner.  This has helped my anxiety and my stress TREMENDOUSLY.  

We all need to remember that college isn’t just about getting straight A’s or staying up all night studying for exams.  It is about learning about yourself and getting the education that you want and need to succeed.  In some ways I'm glad I failed the class because now I'm doing so much better and honestly learning so much more.  Start to give yourself credit for the work you do and don’t stress too much if you do poorly on an exam or a quiz, just take a second to reevaluate and work to do better next time.   

Be kind to yourself and don’t beat yourself up.  You’re only human and one failure doesn’t make YOU a failure.  Use these challenges to push yourself forward and excel at the classes you want to do well in.  You'll see a huge change in yourself if you just keep a positive attitude and mindset.  It truly makes all the difference.