I’ve had this ask in my box for a while and I just thought of something today.
When I was in college I had a rough semester my sophomore year. I was in a pretty toxic relationship that ended really badly and I decided it would be a good idea to take 21 hours of classes, have two part time jobs, and volunteer in two labs, each requiring 10 hours of work a week (~50 hours a week total before homework). I ended up with a pretty low GPA that pulled down my cumulative GPA quite a bit.
I was going to school out of state, but I got a scholarship that waived out of state tuition as long as I kept a GPA above a 3.0. This semester made me dip below that, so needless to say, I was incredibly stressed and bummed with myself. At the start of my junior year I decided to throw myself into my studies and work extra hard. I still piled on the classes, but I was sure to devote a lot of time to studying and learning. I did this for two years.
I remember the day before I graduated, I got an email that I would be graduating with honors. I was so proud of myself then. I remember calling my mom and she just sat on the phone and cried, because if there was anyone who was more concerned about me than myself, it was my mom. Sure it’s nothing too special; I never saw myself as a great student anyway and I always considered myself average at best, especially after my bad semester, but to find out that I working my ass off actually paid off to the point where I’d have Cum Laude written on my degree sure felt great.
Thanks, I made it myself.
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