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Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.George Edward Woodberry
I’ve always been trying to achieve academical greatness and am overall a very ambitious person. I define myself by the major successes that I have achieved and that I’m aiming to achieve in the future. It’s definitely not a trait that’s healthy because I’ve always put way too much pressure on myself. It’s actually a catch-22 because that very pressure prevented me from achieving such academical prowess – the stress and strain it put on me all my life has been exhausting to say the least.
I’m 27 years old and it hasn’t really gone away. I get angry at my bad grades but overall I’ve just always known that I was better than the grades I’ve received. Grading systems are not something that I support. Yes, children have to study and be evaluated in some kind of way, but how often did I score a worse grade just because the teacher didn’t like me or was downright incompetent to teach a certain subject?
My point being – in the end, society should not care too much about grades and give people a chance who at first glance at their credentials might seem ill-equipped, but in the end might even be better qualified for fulfilling a task because they’ll put their heart and soul into it.
So, right now, my grades can’t measure up to those of my classmates, but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams and applying for a scholarship. I’m determined, I’m ready and I’m still a dreamer who believes that good things can happen to people if only they’ll stay true to their heart’s desire and never lose focus of their goals.