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Updated on Sunday, March 15

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QUESTION:
How do you get through failing and repeating 1a? Do people look at you like you're just stupid?

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  1. Going through the same thing you are... In danger of my avg going below 70 this term and then may have to do a foundation term or whatever they call it next year before i can continue on with my own program

    I know how it feels

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  2. From the sounds of it, I am assuming you are in eng. There are people in my class who failed (or nearly failed) 1a, yet are now in the top 20% of the class and are solid students. Your new class most likely wouldn't even know you were repeating unless you told them as they would be new to the class too. As to if they look down on you for failing it depends. If you fail this term then barely pass next time around possibly, though if you take failing as a lesson and work harder, I doubt anybody would hold it against you.

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  3. If they look down on you for having to repeat a term they are assholes and don't deserve your time. I have friends who have failed terms/courses and I just say something like "duuuude, that suuucks, you still down for Friday?" then I never bring up the failed course or term again.

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  4. Yes, people look at you like you're just stupid because you're most likely fucking stupid.

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  5. Who cares what other people think about it

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  6. Why do you even have to tell them? I don't understand why it's their business.

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  7. A friend from res had failed 1A the first time and was giving it another shot. Nobody judged him (or really cared at all) and he's doing just fine now. 1A can be really hard and there's no shame in repeating it!

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  8. I would only judge you if the only reason you are at university is because your parents expected you to go. A good friend of mine (friends since we were 2) dropped out of college after one year. His parents were already disappointed that he didn't go to university. All through high school they bragged about how he was at the top of the class and was going to go to the best university. He knew it wasn't true, and made it really hard explaining to them when he was not accepted to any university, and barely made it into college. After he dropped out of college it was hard on him again, not meeting his parents expectations. I talked to him, and he said that he only liked one or two courses, and the rest was basically torture. I asked him if he even wanted to go to college, and he said no. Now, 3 years later, he is a project manager at a solar farm installation company, making good money, traveling around the world to oversee projects. He is the happiest I have seen him in a long time (except that he hates traveling to countries where he doesn't know the language). His parents have started accepting that university/college wasn't the right path for him, and that he really is excelling at what he does.

    So the moral of this story is to re-evaluate your situation. Failing a term is not a bad thing, but maybe you don't want to be in university. Maybe college is what you actually want. Or maybe even a trade. There is nothing wrong with going to college or trade school, in fact, for many programs, they are better! Don't be afraid of doing something else if you want to. Remember the sunk cost fallacy, don't worry about "losing" what you have spent if a change will result in greater success.

    If university is where you want to be, then stay. Try again, and don't care what others think of your failed term, and just do your best to succeed. If you don't want to go be in your program, or even university, then change your plans, and do the best you can in whatever you choose.

    Personally, my parents were the ones who wanted me to go to university. I dreaded another 4-5 years of school but I found a program that I love. I was lucky, it merged all of my interests into one program. I am now in my final term, about to graduate, and going into a Masters program. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't go to university, there were no other options for me at the time. If I had the option, I would have gone into some sort of auto repair/performance program. Once I graduate my Masters and maybe a PhD, I am going to take night courses on auto repair/performance and build a rally car to race on the weekends.

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    1. Didn't notice how much I wrote, I am procrastinating so hard right now.

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    2. good response dude good advice

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  9. If it was ECE 1A this year... then you have a lot of catching up to do. This was a very easy year (profs + personal experience). You guessed it, I failed 1A in 2013. Just try again! no shame. I went from a 54% average in 2013 to 88.4% this year. Just take one of the non-degree terms and do the subjects your weak at over the Spring 2015 term, and come fall, you'll destroy! Good luck

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