It’s Not You, It’s Them

Dear future college freshmen,

It’s not you, it’s them. You can be the best student in the world and still fail a class. You can dedicate hours to study for a test and get all the practice problems correct and still bomb a test. You can make A’s on every homework assignment and quiz the professor gives and still tank their class. It’s not you.

Professors can be assholes sometimes. They’ll give you plenty of practice problems, take you through them step-by-step, and then come test  time they’ll throw problems at you that they never covered and that were never in the textbook. Is this fair? No, absolutely not. Professors don’t have to be fair, they don’t even have to have a majority of their students passing their classes.

Sometimes you can give your all to a class and still fail it. It’s going to be okay. Maybe you’ll have to take it again with a different professor, maybe you’ll have to take it at the local community college, but I promise, it will be okay. You aren’t a bad student, you’re smarter than you think. Don’t let this one class, this one grade define who you are or how smart you are. Sometimes no matter how hard you work for a professor it just won’t be enough for them, so you know what? Forget them, there are plenty of other opportunities, plenty of other professors out there that actually want to help you.

Sincerely,

A freshmen who just bombed another Chem 101 test

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