So, How Did I Do?

Those who know me well know that I would never bluster, boast, or brag. Not gonna do it. Instead, let’s make this a revelatory tale.

Grades. Those sometimes troublesome assessments that are inescapable components to our journey throughout academia. They are ingrained within the system. An “A” serves to buoy. “C” is a bit unnerving with the potential to crush our dreams. “C-” is precariously close to “D” which might as well be a failing grade. At the college level, “D” represents a failing grade. I escaped the wrath of “D” — barely. My low grade in Introduction Methods Communication Research nearly proved to be my undoing. This was a statistics class. Foreign. Painful. Mind-numbing.

I re-entered college as a 51 year-old co-ed. Determined to let nothing deter my efforts, everything had to flow uninterrupted. I closed my eyes and cringed when I went to the computer to accept my fate. There on the screen was my final statistics-class-from-hell assessment. “C-” clearly stating that I had, in fact, passed the class.

Going through desk clutter the other day, I discovered the transcript heralding the news of my work.

B
A
A-
B-
A-
A-
That nasty C-.
A
A
B
A

Looks like I did alright.

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