Sunday, February 27, 2011

From an F to an A!

Sunday was the last day of classes for me until the 7th of March. I can't tell you how happy I am to have a moment to rest both my body and mind. The final two weeks were so strenuous! I had to complete to final projects. I know it seem easy to ask why I didn't start on them sooner since the syllabus clearly laid out all the tasks but the weekly applications were enough writing week after week. There were some weeks when I had to read a chapter that was 32 or more pages long and it wasn't the only required chapter or reading. The life of a graduate student. 

I survived (lifts hands in thanks to GOD) but not before freaking myself out. One of the projects I completed was really late. You know those hours of the morning when nothing is going down unless it is illegal...well or spicy? I submitted my paper and exhaled. Two days letter I went back to do a discussion posting and check on the grade. I received an F. I was sick to my stomach. I was sad. I was distraught. I was frustrated. I was furious.  How dare he give me and F, I thought. I made it to the final two weeks of the course and I saw my possibility for an A or B slip through my fingers. I emailed the professor in a nice friendly tone asking him what did I do wrong. I asked him to provide the paper back to me with comments. I asked if there was a major penalty for me missing the 11:59 MST deadline. 

He wrote back and was really nice. He had posted the paper, there was no penalty for my hour late drop in the assignment drop-box and the really couldn't grade my paper well because it wasn't good. After checking out the paper I realized that I posted the draft instead of the final assignment. Whew! You are feeling much better right? Well I needed to be able to resubmit the assignment and ask the Professor to grade it and recalculate my grade. I asked a few people to stand with me in prayer and the prayer team that I am a part of each morning at 7AM EST. I called the professor, left a message that explained what occurred and told him I would immediately post the paper. It was a good thing I was really finished and I had the assignment on my flash drive. I did so and sent an email just to cover all my bases. 

I'm happy to share with you that instead of an F, I earned a B on my final project. Now I'm awaiting the grade on the second one and my final grades in both the courses. I learned a lot . I liked the organizational management and leadership course better than ethics and social justice. I'm doing my research into the possible options that I'll have once I complete this degree although that's a few  years from now. In the mean time I'm going to enjoy my week off. I'm so very grateful for another prayer being answered. I'm proud of myself. Some nights I sat on the floor and cried I felt so overwhelmed. I would tell myself if you quit that's the message  you'll communicate to KT. I didn't. I can acknowledge that I didn't do this own my own. As Whitney sang in her hit "I Didn't Know My Own Strength":

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down, and I tumbled
But I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength
Survived my darkest hour
My faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up
Hold my head up high
I was not built to break

I can say this with assurance because GOD'S grace is made perfect in my weakness!



T.Davis said...

With God all things are possible. Congrats on your B, you will def get that A! If thats how hard Grad school is then Im in for a rude awaiting cause studying for the GMATS is just bring my spirit down. I feel like if I cant do these simple problems then maybe getting a MBA is not for me. I will continue to pray and let God worry

The Employer said...

Congrats to you and Kris, your grade and success is his success also.

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