Distinction or fail, the choice is yours

18 Mar, 2023 - 00:03 0 Views
Distinction or fail, the choice is yours

The Herald

Latwell Nyangu

Youth Interactive Writer

One thing that frustrates a student is failing.

And having distinctions or fails as your grades, is by choice.

I once wrote a piece, ‘there is no dull student at college’. Interestingly, the article was received with mixed feelings that there are dull students. But I insist, there are no dull students at college, it’s by choice.

Agree or disagree with me, education at college is not easy as said but if one commits and gives themselves time, they can cross the bridge fairly and smart.

Success and failure are closely linked — so closely, in fact, that some of the greatest people in their fields say they owe all their successes to the failures they have experienced.

Both the two come mostly by choice, although we can spare some due to life situations.

Surprisingly, even the lazy students do not want to fail. Like I always say, college is a pool which encompasses every type of a student. The lazy, serious, playful, experimental, concerned, average, mischievous, the wildest among all types are there.

Everyone has a category but the worst thing of being at college after years, is failing.

No student or parent expects their children to come home with Fails. It’s heart-breaking and demoralising. Failure at college has a lot of negatives than having better grades and both are by choice.

Fellow students, getting an “F” doesn’t necessarily mean failing college per se — it’s the class where an “F” is obtained that the student fails.  There are many different implications that come with getting an “F” .

And failing to earn one’s undergraduate degree or get one’s dream career doesn’t have to be one of them.

It can wreak havoc on your mental health, too. Failing a class may leave you feeling anxious and depressed. It may also cause you to feel inferior and incapable and an utter failure. But don’t let a failed college class discourage you from working on a college degree.

As mentioned earlier, failing a class in college is quite normal, although it’s definitely not optimal. It’s true that some unfavourable things can stem from it, but receiving a grade of “F” does not necessarily mean the end of your college career.

Can you imagine our lives without failing? Obviously, you will feel fantastic and comfortable at first. That’s what everyone does.

But if you think deeply, I bet that the first thing that comes to your mind is how will I learn if I am successful in everything. Well, there are many examples of people who used their failure as inspiration.

The academic challenges include workload. 

Courses at university level are harder and need a lot of time to read up on them.

Yes, we may argue that we have many successful people who failed or even dropped out of school.

Indeed, there are many of them, but time and opportunities happen to them. What if your success comes through an academic way and you happen to have failed throughout?

But I strongly feel that failing has many negative consequences and effects on a student’s future life accomplishments, evaluation and inner self. 

Failing students will be incapable of doing a professional plan to continue forward with their jobs or important roles in life.

The F students will have major obstacles dealing with life requirements as he or she has less knowledge and accurate data than D student who uses different skills that he or she developed at college in appropriate ways to achieve the goals

Despite telling us that university is easy, not hard, this was meant to comfort us as we didn’t know.

In the world of education, “failure” is about as dirty a word as you will find, short of four letters. Heavy with negative baggage, considered by some a motivation killer, failure is the term that gets shushed out of the room  the thing that’s best not talked about.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.’ — Paulo Coelho.

Student failure: is a process where a student slides farther and further behind his or her colleagues, and progressively goes away from the educational system. So what result from failure on a student? The final consequence of unsuccessful academic life is dropping out before finishing the study or finishing it with a low grade.

Falling marks can be typically the results of emotional and psychological problems or recruitment difficulties. These effects can have lifelong results, and it’s in most cases unchangeable, and nothing can be done to face these effects.

I have noticed that failure on students has two main negative effects on their life: recruitment difficulties, making a family, and the psychological effect which causes them to feel inferior and fear failure.

One effect of being a failure student is the difficulty in getting an appropriate job opportunity. So for failure students, they will not get a suitable one because most of the companies worldwide will not consider the failure student as the student whose grades were high.

It’s understood that whether you are going to college for the first time or are in your final semesters trying to power through to graduation, life in the academic world can be challenging.

But failing is not a good choice and the consequences are bad news.

On top of the pressure to perform academically, many students struggle with living away from home. Being financially independent, making new friends, or finding direction in your life can all be overwhelming new challenges.

Less number of lectures and more assignments and presentations, which is quite different from high school.

Some students even supplement examinations when they fail to meet the pass mark and this can be a major challenge.

College is challenging, even for the best of students but failure can happen to anyone—whether you bomb an exam, fail a class, flunk out of your major, or even end up on academic suspension and are forced to leave college.

While these experiences are difficult and disappointing, they don’t mean that you will always be a failure or that failure defines you. Within those challenges, you will find opportunities to learn, grow, and advance.

Abraham Lincoln once said, my great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. And his perception was echoed by Bill Gates who said, it’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

A failing grade can be avoided before it’s finalised. Likewise, it can be kept from being encountered again. Accepting failure and moving on can be tough, but failure is just the first stage; recovering from that failure is the next stage.

Before you can overcome failure, you must find its cause. Part of failing forward and bouncing back is learning from your mistakes to avoid repeating them in the future. Once you have had time to cool off, analyse the situation objectively.

Remember that you aren’t alone. Failing can feel demoralizing and alienating but seeking assistance when you need it helps you overcome those feelings.

And fellow students, the great thing in the world is not so much where we stand but in what direction we are moving, argues Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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