Name: Nghia Huynh
First Time Failing a Grade
In the article “In Praise of the F Word,” Mary Sherry teaches basic grammar and writing in a night class for high-school graduates and high-school dropouts, who are intent on pursuing graduate equivalent certificates for skills that should have been learned while in high school. She also speaks about how many of her students were involved in activities that they felt should have been stopped by someone and not themselves. Why has it become so easy for students to slide by in school? Today, some students are being cheated by the educational system, leading them to be unprepared for the real world expectations. I have failed a grade in Note-Taking class. I got an “F” grade on the test. I was scary and sad about that. It was an experience that I would never forget.
I have been living in Boston for 3 years. In the US, I had to speak English as my second languages. So I went to school to take English as Second Language class. Writing, Reading was fine for me because I could use the dictionary to look up meaning of the words. In Note-Taking class was a nightmare for me, my listening skill is quiet bad, I couldn’t get the word from the speaker, I couldn’t use the dictionary on this. So taking-note was really hard for me. I really scared the test in class because I had to listen to the people speaking from the radio to take the note, people spoke really fast. I tried my best on the test but didn’t finish it well. Finally, I got an “F” on it. I was sad because it was unfair. I was a new student and English wasn’t my main language, the professor did not give me any chance to take it again. I was tressed out on Note-Taking until the en of the semester.
I am afraid of failure, it makes me feel bad about myself when I do fail. My parents get mad at me as well when I fail. I remember how bad I felt when I assigned my first F. The night before I turned in my grades, I could barely...