Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Off To Finish Ochem

 Back a few days ago, the final grade said, "C" as noted in post from days gone by.  I knew my final was not included in tabulation yet, but that did not quell the impending sense of utter fear.  What if... I not only dropped my A to a B in biology but now was on the verge of dropping my A- in ochem to a B, or worse, never understanding how to read IR and HNMR?!

FEAR.  Totally, complete, utter fear.  White knuckled.  I sat today wondering if I did drop from an A to a B (he gives no +/-), would I continue on in school?  Stop.  Realize this is really not my path?  I'm just ?

So, I and another, helped a fellow ochem student who has done little homework, if any, and really does not do the tests well either as evidenced by her "C" overall in class.  VERY nice young lady, really is struggling with transition from small local private college to big, land-granting university.

We helped.  We answered questions that were asked on first exam.  We gave guidance where we could on how to focus for final.  We plowed ahead, our own destiny within our grasp.

I came home when we were done.  Stopped by where my son works, told him I was stressed (he's lived with me for 19 years, he knows me without me having to say a word).

I asked when he came home if he'd do me a favor. He bowed his head slightly, raised his eyebrow, and asked, "Eh, what exactly?"

"Check my grade for me.  Just don't tell me.  Cuz if I got a "B" I won't have any need to push further tonight in ochem.  If I got an "A" I'm going to want to stay up all night to ensure an "A" in ochem."

"Sure" he said as he heated up some pizza rolls.

A few minutes passed, he came walking through the hallway:

"I lied."

Final Grade: A



Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Congratulations on that well-deserved A. Pride is a tough one. I once asked a prof if I should repeat the Composition class cuz I had gotten a B; he told me sincerely that Harvard takes B's, Lynda...

You're doing great. Hang in there and love on yourself a little bit every week.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Thank you. I sobbed. Relief.

And then, I slept for 3 hours.

Rick said...

Congrats! That's a big one. Now, to retain it for the MCAT...

Anonymous said...

Nice work. Having a pair of A's in organic chemistry is certainly a nice feeling. Relax over the break and get ready for the second half. Most students tend to find the first semester harder than the second.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Eh. That was an A in bio.

Not sure what I'll end up with in ochem.

Final was... interesting.

Blonde Saffron said...


I hate that stress!!