Monday, January 04, 2010

Chilling Out

I just read this article in The Commentator written by a friend of my brother's and thought it was excellent. It does not say anything new, but it is a good reminder for both students and for anyone who attempts anything in life.


...the number displayed on the screen was the score that I had received on my first mid-term, the one that would find itself plastered on my personal transcript:


With this frightful realization, my heart sank. Oh, the horror of it! The shame! How did this happen? How had I allowed this to happen?

For days, I couldn’t put that horrid number - 88 - out of my mind. I thought about it as I tried to fall asleep at night. It irked me in the daytime too. Maybe Professor Luders had made a mistake? Maybe he didn’t count up the points right? Unlikely. Maybe he hated me? I grew paranoid with the myriad possibilities as to why I had been cursed with the scholastic tragedy that is a B. I was angry. I was upset. I wanted answers. Sure it was a B+. Some might even call that a “good grade”. But in my eyes, it was still just a B.

Why me?

I looked around YU at my fellow students, and many of them seemed to be equally mired in their own grade-induced hysteria. One of my good friends, after receiving a C on his English paper, related to me with utmost sincerity that “his life was over,” and that he’d “never get into law school now.” I felt for him. I could tell he meant it. But he sounded ridiculous. And I realized how ridiculous I too had sounded and acted in the aftermath of that 88.

And so, with the benefit of a little hindsight and some much-needed perspective, I arrived at the following conclusion:

Everyone needs to chill out about his grades.

Read the rest!


  1. the YU I went to (at least for a year), nobody really cared about their grades.

  2. I've spent the last few days in a rage at the Lander Rabbis. They gave me a B- for "Talmud." Why? Well...because I didn't show up enough. What other class can you get 100 on your final and still receive a grade low enough to screw up your GPA?
    I don't suppose I should worry much though (and in reality I couldn't care less, nor was I actually in a rage). Even if my final GPA really did matter, it's nothing that a few well placed dollars wouldn't fix... ;)