October 19, 2005

A bad grade

Well... I daresay, that sometimes I feel like a child. I feel as though the immaturity just gets the best out of me, like it overcomes me and all of the so called sophistication I am supposed to have accumulated during the past 26 years. I am a woman with a temper, that is a certainty, but I am still no porcelain doll, and I normally get over things quick & easy. But there is one thing that simply drives me crazy. That takes my ego and runs it to the ground, and makes feel like the future is lost, and all I can do is escape into the comforting sweetness of peanut butter m&m's and a nice Segafredo Cappuccino..
I applaude those of you who guessed it: I got a bad grade.
I was perfectly satisfied with the assignment that I wrote. But apparently, the teacher disagreed. Now, I realise that the mature, adultlike thing to do, would be to realise that one can't always get a good grade. Most, or at least a majority, of history's greatest geniuses did lousy at school, or at least at certain subjects. Halldor Laxness, Iceland's nobel prize winner (renowned for his extraordinary usage of the Icelandic language) failed Icelandic in college...
But how did the ever-so-mature Maria respond to this bad grade? (Which was made even worse by sitting next to superbrain Una, whose project scored so many points with the teacher that the teacher requested talking with her about it after class! But Una don't worry, I still love you). Well, after I reached the conclusion that I was not going to get over my humiliation that day, I left the class, without even handing in the assignment of the week. Instead I went here, to a university computer lab, where I anxiously wrote a brandnew assignment, far better than the old one. Then I e-mailed it to the teacher, along with some excuse for why I left class.

Yeah, I behaved like a brat. So anyone is free to take a shot at me! Well, if you can afford it, that is...

Icelandic Nobel Prize Winner Halldór Laxness - Got a bad grade on more than one occasion

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I read somewhere that some of Einstein's teachers thought that he was "simple." All grades are, to one degree or another, subjective. Which is both their beauty and their curse.

Posted by: EdWonk at November 1, 2005 05:54 AM Permalink