Marissa's ePortfolio: A Reflection of My Academic Journey

Academic Lows

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As proud as I am of my accomplishments, there are some moments in my academic journey that were somewhat of a low point for me.  The purpose of this page is to show how I perservered through these rough patches and was still able to develop as a student.
 
Accusation
 
During my freshman year of high school, I wrote a very brief paper for a history class.  I actually thought that I didn't do that good a job on it, as I rushed through it and didn't really put a lot of time or effort into it.  But as the teacher handed back the papers a couple days later, she asked if the words in my paper were my own words.  I of course said that they were, but the teacher remained unconvinced and said that the paper "didn't sound like" my writing.  (Even though it was the beginning of the semester and she hadn't really SEEN any of my writings before...)
 
I tried to defend myself and shoot down her accusations, but the teacher still wasn't taking it.  She ended up giving me a B- due to her lack of trust in my writing.  It was the first time (and last) that I would be accused of plagarism and the incident still sticks out in my mind.  From this, I learned to
 
Failure
 
During my sophomore year of high school, I took an Introduction to Biology class as a general education requirement.  Right away, I knew I was going to have difficulty with the class and I struggled to maintain a C grade.  I was able to pass the first semester with a solid C, which I was extremely happy with.
 
But as the second semester got under way, I lost more and more hope as the class dragged on and I was still not understanding the material.  My grade slipped and before I knew it, I was failing the class with a pathetic 19% total for my overall grade.  Seeing the F on my report card at the end of the year not only made me feel like a life failure, but it also made me incredibly embarrassed.
 
Nowadays, I look back and almost laugh at the whole debaucle.  But back then, even thinking about the F made me want to start to cry.  I had never received an F before in my entire life, let alone a grade that was below a C.  I could have easily given up on science classes, on my entire schedule of classes, even just school in its entirety.  But I vowed to take the class again and sure enough, senior year I took the class again and got a fat, solid A.
 
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Sometimes, some people have to learn the hard way, which seemed to always happen to me in relation to school.  But in the end, I learned my lessons and used them throughout my next few years in high school and beyond.

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."  --Aristotle