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-T, Wife and Best Friend to R 3/2005; Mommie to E 8/2007; and G 3/2009
I'm right there with ya mama. It's a rough time, but thinking of what our future will be like keeps me going. I am taking 2 very intense classes in the evening, plus I babysit 3 extra toddlers on top of my two girls during the day. Oh, and I have the flu on top of everything else.
Last night I stepped out of my Anatomy and Physiology class to get a sip of water, put some water on my face to wake up and cool down a bit and then I stepped outside and breathed the fresh air and said a quick prayer. It's amazing what that 5 minutes did for me. Went back to class a whole new girl, lol
So, hugs to you, and my advice is just take a minute to breath when you need it. A two minute breather might actually help you gain an hour or so more actual listing/learning time instead of zoning out when you are getting too exhausted.
Oh, and Gatorade, don't know why, but Gatorade helps.
Just three hours ago, I was about to start crying in the middle of my department. For two consecutive weeks now, I've not been adequately prepared for class. I was thinking I'm going to have to drop a class that I've already paid for, and would just have to do again next semester anyway, and nothing will be fundamentally different...there will still be two kids to raise largely by myself, and I'll still live too far away from campus, blah blah blah.
A simple visit with the instructor gave a whole new level of reassurance and perspective. She was so wonderfully understanding and supportive, I feel re-invigorated to keep on keepin' on.
Not saying I know how you can find that dose of magic....maybe it's not there right this minute. But I hope you can find it, that stepping stone to the next class, the next paper, the next midterm, final, and eventually, your degree.
andrew's mama go talk to your proff.
i am beyond caring right now. AND my gpa is what you are afraid of AND possibly might get lower.
i HAD TO let go off my personal high levels. not coz of life BUT also coz i am involved in a lot of research and volunteer work.
AND i have talked to my proffs (not only in my present school but also at the program i want to go to). and they remind me - over and over and over again. i have a life. i have a family. i have a passion. i have a goal. dont worry about grades that much.
in a way i feel we have been trained to focus on grades rather than everything that i am doing in life to show my committment to my cause.
life happened and i got a D AND an F - for whole other reasons - and i still won scholarships (big important statewide AND national ones).
Do you mean that if you get below a 75 your program will throw you out? Or that you will give up? Those two are very different things.
As a professor (and someone who judges graduate school applications), a transcript with As and Bs is a perfectly fine transcript. Setting yourself the standard that you must always get As is too high. Life will go on if you get a B.
If your program will not keep you if you get lower than a certain grade, then you do need to do everything you can to keep your grades above that. But you don't need to go above and beyond that.
Is going part-time an option? What else can give? You need not be perfect. You need to be done.
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