I just failed a college course. I'm in shock! I feel so dumb.

  • Galactica

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    May 17, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    I feel pissed that I failed my freshmen English class. I'm worried about losing my financial aid, and my parents are going to murder my ass. There are 2 crucial exams in my English class. One of them is the semester exam, while the other one is a exam where you put all of your essays and works in a portfolio and group of staff will determined if you pass or fail. If you fail, then you can't pass that course no matter what grade you have in your English class. I had a C before the portfolio exam. I had put my 100% effort into every essays, I would go to the writing tutoring on every essays. It's sad that the portfolio pass rate was 92%, and I failed. I feel so dumb, I could not make it in college. I'm really breaking down because of that. It's BS that results matters the most. I really want to crawl in cave and just rot there. I'm really worry of being put into academic probation. I really let myself down, and my parents down too. I hate myself right now. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm having an anxiety attack. I feel stupid, I'm like the stupidest person in my college. I'm typing in frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't know, the results aren't in yet.
    I just hope my GPA is above a 2.0.
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    May 17, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    Galactica saidI feel pissed that I failed my freshmen English class. I'm worried about losing my financial aid, and my parents are going to murder my ass. There are 2 crucial exams in my English class. One of them is the semester exam, while the other one is a exam where you put all of your essays and works in a portfolio and group of staff will determined if you pass or fail. If you fail, then you can't pass that course no matter what grade you have in your English class. I had a C before the portfolio exam. I had put my 100% effort into every essays, I would go to the writing tutoring on every essays. It's sad that the portfolio pass rate was 92%, and I failed. I feel so dumb, I could not make it in college. I'm really breaking down because of that. It's BS that results matters the most. I really want to crawl in cave and just rot there. I'm really worry of being put into academic probation. I really let myself down, and my parents down too. I hate myself right now. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm having an anxiety attack. I feel stupid, I'm like the stupidest person in my college.



    get a grip. don't too hard on yourself. it's just your freshman year so this is just a start. plenty of people are in your situation. just recoup and go harder next time. what's your gpa right now?
  • SFTigger

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    May 17, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    See what the results are first. You may just squeak by.

    But take this as a lesson: a C average is too low for comfort. At the college level, effort is necessary but is no longer sufficient: you have to prove that you have mastered the material in addition to putting in the time. Unlike in high school, you don't get teachers standing over you every step of the way, and required work can sneak up on you unless you plan your semester out at the very beginning. Seek out help from your professors (did you go to office hours at all during the semester?), your TAs, and your fellow students.

  • HottJoe

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    May 17, 2013 5:45 AM GMT
    Drop out and go to hair school, girl! Everybody has hair!!icon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2013 6:03 AM GMT
    sorry that you are having all the stress. but you aren't dumb. school smart is just one kind of smart. i had alot of trouble with school also so i just stopped. im sure you are smart in other things so just stop feeling bad and move on.
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    May 17, 2013 6:13 AM GMT
    Is your term over with now? If not, go talk to your professor and see if there is anything you can do to bring it up. But the biggest piece of advice I could give you going forward is talk to your professors often. Believe it or not they want to help you and want you to succeed. It seemed when I was in college that there was a direct correlation between the successful students and those who visited their professors often. I had professors give me extra resources for papers, test and study hints, help writing papers, and I even had a professor let me retake a test that I did terrible one. However, one of my very few regrets about college is not taking better advantage of their open doors with students.

    The worst thing you can do is stress out about it, especially before you see your grades. You don't want to develop anxiety now as a freshmen. The best thing to do is accept it, learn from it, take the wrath from you parents and get that over with, and move on to your sophomore year. Try to figure out why you did poorly in the class, and change the way you do things to not let it happen again. Plus, it is much better to make the mistakes now and learn from them than it is to make them three years from now. You have lots of time left, and I'm sure you'll do great.
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    May 17, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidDrop out and go to hair school, girl! Everybody has hair!!icon_wink.gif


    Unless you're bald like me. icon_sad.gif

    Can you retake the English class over the summer and get the grade replaced? This happens more than you would expect. Look at it as a minor setback, get back on the horse and try again.

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    May 17, 2013 7:25 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidDrop out and go to hair school, girl! Everybody has hair!!icon_wink.gif


    I love you.
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    May 17, 2013 7:51 AM GMT
    I don't think your financial aid will be removed for failing one class.There are specific requirements about what percentage of classes you need to pass a semester to qualify for aid... but I think you can only do that a few times.
    Having a C average in a college class isn't too great, however.
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    May 17, 2013 7:52 AM GMT
    Not sure about the technicalities of getting a second chance though I'm sure there will be some way to do that. If you do manage to carry on withthe course (and cmon that's probably likely you're only in your freshman year this can't possibly be the end), then ease take a loooong hard look at your strategy. Your studying style and how efficient it is. Whether you're placing the right emphasis on the right papers or modules. Whether there are certain practices or skills that the professors want you to demonstrate that you didn't pueviously recognize. Try to sneak a look at those who are doing exceptionally well and see what they are doing that is different from and perhaps superior to you. Learn from their learning practices and thought processes. Don't despair! That's the least productive but most draining thing you could do now. It's hard to stay positive I know. But just suck it up as much as you can and look at what you can do to move forward now. Be objective and driven. And never give up man!!
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    May 17, 2013 1:21 PM GMT
    calm ur tits down.
    It's an English class icon_rolleyes.gif ...... relax.

    You're acting as if u just got diagnosed with terminal cancer, like seriously, come back to reality, it's not the end of the world. Your parents will get over it.

    Just re-take the class and fucking pass it. Cant u take it during the summer? Or next Fall?

    I could imagine it sucks to fail a freshman English class, but you're surely not the only one. Maybe u could petition to have the portfolio reviewed again and see if they could pass u?

    Chances are if your GPA is below a 2.0- you will be placed in academic probation. And if you are- no big deal- u just do well your next semester and get off probation. Let the probation be your motivation u need to really do well next term.

    If you're not on probation, just re-take the English class and pass it, dude.. It's a gen-ed class, so u might as well re-take it as soon as possible, so u can move on with ur other classes. Try and enroll at a local community college over the summer and take an English class that will fulfill the English required at your home institution.

  • May 17, 2013 1:37 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that man.

    Can you still drop the course? I think my undergrad allowed you to drop a course up until the final day of the semester, however, it would show that you dropped the course on your transcript, but the grade would apparently not be reported.

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    May 17, 2013 1:46 PM GMT
    Also, inquire if your university has a "forgiveness policy" . . Like, if u re-take the English course and pass it with a B....they will replace the "F" u got with the "B" . . . therefore not affecting your GPA.

    Typically, a lot of colleges and universities have forgiveness policies. But u can usually only use them once or twice through out your undergrad career.
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    May 17, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    First, CALM DOWN!!!

    Just retake the course but with a different teacher and do everything you can to pass....don't play around. I had to cut off friendships and end activities that I was doing my freshman year because I was determined to make sure nothing distracted me from my school work. You might have to end up doing the same. They understand that it's your first year and that you're probably not used to the college atmosphere. Just retake it and do better. It's really all water under the bridge.........now if you fail all of your OTHER courses, I don't know what to tell you....but just focus! It'll be fine! ^_^
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    May 17, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    There's nothing wrong, nothing to embarrass about being failed, there's always a next time...
    You'll only fail when you stop trying...

    Look for reasons that made you fail, even after you've put 100% effort...
    Try to improve them, if you need help, ask for help just like you posted this thread
    Don't worry, everything will set, it all depends only on you.

    Recently, my bf failed an medical exam for the 3rd time, which is very sad...but still, he blames the conductor of the exam for failing him but he won't accept that it's just his overconfidence speaking...just saying because he overestimated his efforts...
    I'm not saying that you're overconfident but when you said '100%' it reminded me about this.
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    May 17, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    English, I don't even know why we even take English, I mean, we can already speak it. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 18, 2013 5:59 AM GMT
    study harder and don't over load you schedule or your brain with booze
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    May 18, 2013 6:08 AM GMT
    Mesmer saidEnglish, I don't even know why we even take English, I mean, we can already speak it. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Oh but honey, some people have the HARDEST of times putting together proper sentences icon_lol.gif
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    May 20, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    I guess its nice that everyone is encouraging of you if you can just try harder and make it. and i hope that it does work for you. but if people are just making you keeping trying and its not going to get you to finish then you should quit before you have to do more loans.
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    May 20, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    You can always appeal your F.A. so don't worry about it. As for the class, retake it and it will go back up. It's not that crucial. Be involved in more extra curricular activities or work. It helps and makes you look more diverse and better. GPA isn't everything. That only part of it.
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    May 20, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    some tricks to writing a good essay. Read the essay from bottom to top, changing your perspective as many times as you can will help you see any mistakes. Always remember that it is not just about good grammar, it is also about good content. Writing is not easy for anyone but there is a system to it. Do not feel bad about it, you have the right to take the class again. I know you feel bad right now and that sucks but you can deal with this, focus on your future. This is one setback and it can be fixed.
  • JohnDoe9688

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    May 20, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    As a college student myself (and one who undoubtedly stresses over academics probably a little too much as it appears you do icon_razz.gif ) You need to give yourself a break. Its your freshman year, and not only that, its 1 semester, AND its only 1 class, so its literally affecting your overall GPA by about 2%. Someone mentioned re-taking it during the summer, you absolutely should if youre worried about it screwing with your aid package: email people in the university to figure out how thats manageable and just do it. In the end, you'll take a SHIT TON of courses WAY more important in terms of landing a job or a grad school than "Freshman English" so I wouldnt worry about that either. Im just trying to give out advice by remembering my little freakout when I got a C- in organic chemistry (which kinda blows if you're a biochem major ;P) Im retaking it next semester, and you know what? In the mean time Im still enjoying college for the awesome environment that it can be, and I'd highly recommend you do the same, these 4 years can be pretty incredible, don't let 3 bad credits out of more than 120 prevent that icon_smile.gif
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    May 20, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    Import saidcalm ur tits down.
    It's an English class icon_rolleyes.gif ...... relax.

    You're acting as if u just got diagnosed with terminal cancer, like seriously, come back to reality, it's not the end of the world. Your parents will get over it.

    Just re-take the class and fucking pass it. Cant u take it during the summer? Or next Fall?

    I could imagine it sucks to fail a freshman English class, but you're surely not the only one. Maybe u could petition to have the portfolio reviewed again and see if they could pass u?

    Chances are if your GPA is below a 2.0- you will be placed in academic probation. And if you are- no big deal- u just do well your next semester and get off probation. Let the probation be your motivation u need to really do well next term.

    If you're not on probation, just re-take the English class and pass it, dude.. It's a gen-ed class, so u might as well re-take it as soon as possible, so u can move on with ur other classes. Try and enroll at a local community college over the summer and take an English class that will fulfill the English required at your home institution.



    THIS.
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    May 20, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    You need to do a make-up or retake it or whatever you have to do to make up the credit, because you probably need the English credit for your distribution, in order to graduate. It is clear from how you wrote your post that you have technical issues in grammar, sentence structure and spelling that probably held you back. You may need different books than what they gave you, or different help. I found a very thin book in Barnes & Noble, that was published by Bantam, I think, from the 1960s, and it had a short chapter on sentence structure that was very clear and helpful. It also had a chapter on writing good essays.
    Freshman English Composition is hard for a good reason. It prepares you for all your other college work. The expectations are different from high school, and the adjustments to that are difficult to make. Life throws us challenges because if everything was easy, we would be marshmallows.
    You just have to put more time in, more effort in different ways, try harder to understand what they want and how to give it to them. It is really hard to write about abstract ideas and things you have no interest in them. But the more you learn that it isn't about the subject matter, it's about the writing method, the form and structure of composing, that is the foundation of all kinds of communication. The more you see the format to follow, the kinds of sentences you need in which parts of an essay, the better you will be able to plug in the details specific to your subject. What is so hard is learning to be more abstract and less about yourself.
    Essays have a specific form and structure, and in each part, different kinds of sentences are called for. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the book, but you should be able to have a clerk search for it, as it was on the shelf, meaning they sell a good number of them. It was about 100 pages long, a small, cheap paperback.
  • metta

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    May 20, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidDrop out and go to hair school, girl! Everybody has hair!!icon_wink.gif