Many of you remember the story of my recent (and fairly massive) failure. For those that don’t – let me do a brief recap:
Dual enrollment in my junior year, terrible math score on the SAT this summer, community college won’t let me continue in dual enrollment even though I have a 4.0 in all my college classes…it makes me feel ill to think about the money we could have saved.
That about sums it up. If you want to read my story just take a look at my post Facing Failure.
This was one of the hardest posts to write so far on TeensGotCents and it took me a while to work up the courage to share this failure with all of you. Truth is I am still embarrassed about it a little bit and I didn’t really want everyone to know how bad I am at math. Particularly because I worked so hard to do well. It’s one thing to fail at something when you don’t try and quite another when you have worked your butt off and still don’t make it. The fact that we won’t be saving several thousand dollars because of this is just icing on the cake…
I have learned something though, well a few things but one thing really stands out to me. The response I have gotten over my personal failure has far outweighed anything else I have written about. So many of you reached out and emailed me with notes of empathy and encouragement. Many of you shared your own stories of failure and how it had helped you in your life. I am grateful to be a part of a community that doesn’t kick me when I’m down and who understands what it’s like to not reach a goal you have set for yourself.
Of course, it isn’t surprising to me that the story got the attention of some of the folks over at Credit.com. Because let’s face it, I was never going to get attention by doing something fabulous – I was going to be recognized for being a big fat loser! 😉 Of course I am thrilled that they are sharing my story and I hope that it will be a help to someone else who is struggling. (I think we should start a special club for all teens who hate math as much as I do!) You can find the story on Credit.com if you want to take a look!
I’m happy to report that I am well on my way to turning things around in the math department. I have enrolled in a special class through Florida Virtual School that is designed just for teens like me who haven’t done well on standardized tests. It’s a Math For College Readiness class and helps students do better on the math portion of the SAT. I have a great instructor (thanks Mrs. Sapper!) and I think that I truly and actually understand what I am doing for once.
Thanks again for the support and encouragement. I’m looking forward to sending out a good report after I take the SAT next time but you will be the first to know if I fail it again.
Grateful for you all,