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In middle school I had the teacher give me a C in gym and write "Next term, Haley should remember to bring in the correct gym uniform in order not to lose marks in this class."
My name is not Haley. It's not even remotely close. And I never forgot my gym clothes. Fuck gym.
One time in college I was giving a group presentation on like the supreme court or something boring. And each group was assigned another group to grade their performance. So everybody got these sheets that was like, info, preparedness, etc and you graded the group 1 - 5, and the final score was whatever out of 25. Well as luck would have it we get graded by these fucktard exchange students that couldn't speak english and they gave us 3 on every category resulting in a 60% D on a relatively large project. I mean our project wasn't stellar, but we certainly didn't FAIL. So we go up after class to the teacher and were like, what the hell why did we get a D we did fine. And he interrupts with I WILL NOT DISCUSS THESE GRADES NOW OR EVER! And storms out. What a fucking cock sucker. The point is, sometimes its out of your control, and when you are paying to take a class, that is complete horseshit.
In regard to my people skills:
This was a vague summary of the long and short of how it actually happened, this was like seven years ago, but basically the conversation went something like this:
"We need to talk about our grade-"
"No I will not discuss grades!"
My project was at worst a C. I fulfilled the criteria. I made sure of it. I can deliver a decent speech. I was adequately prepared to talk about the appeals process. It was relatively simple to research and once I researched the material, it was a presentation a braindead individual could handle.
That shitty grade made me lose faith in my ability to achieve the grade I wanted in that class. "oh well, fuck it." I grinded out for B- because I did not give a fuck. Mostly because I calculated that a deserving grade on that project alone would've given me a high B and I would've probably tried harder from then on out and could've pulled an A. Whatever though, thats hypothetical.