Ask Melanie



Dear Melanie,

Last semester I failed Mathzone and this semester I had the opportunity to take an exam so I could move on to Precalc but I failed that too. I don’t understand; I’ve been studying my butt off and going to the CLR and doing all the practice things but I’m still not passing. I’m feeling very discouraged and the director of Mathzone has been very helpful with giving me other options but I just feel very down about the whole situation.

Frosh Failure

Dear Frosh,

I’m so sorry; the first semester is hard in and of itself and failing this class is very discouraging. The thing is this probably won’t be the last thing you fail. College is hard but you have to keep going. There will be times when it feels like the whole administration is out to get you but you will get through it.

It’s not about how many times you fall, but how many times you get up after you fall. So feel discouraged for a short time but keep trying. We all fail at some point and anyone who says otherwise is lying. Even if it’s not a class, failure is a part of life-your reaction to the failure is what determines your character.

So keep going, young frosh. You aren’t the only one who failed Mathzone and I’m sure you won’t be the last.