Friday night I had to take two finals. One was in English/grammar review, and the other was in math review. I did well. I did really, really well. My score for the English/grammar final was 98%, and my score for the math final was 97%.
I was nervous about taking the math final. I had a lot riding on it. Even though my grade in the class was in A, if I did not do well on the final I technically would not have passed the class. So I studied, and I studied, and then I studied some more. When it came time to take the final it was still nervous; however, I managed to get through the test without having to struggle. It took me about 40 min. to complete the 30 problems on it. I was able to see my score soon as I finished. I cannot tell you how relieved and excited I was to see that I only missed one problem.
After I finished the math final, it was time for me to take the English/grammar final. There was one section that I was slightly nervous about. It had to do with identifying simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Even though I could tell you what those types of sentences were, I struggled to identify them in the lessons. In the end, I decided that I probably knew as much is I could absorb when it came to the English/grammar class, so I decided to go ahead and take the final. Out of 55 questions I only missed one, and I scored 100% on the section that I thought I would have problems with.
I am really proud of the final grades I ended up with in each class:
English/grammar review – 98.15%
Math review – 96.56%
Those grades combined with the 100% I made in the Skills for Success class that I had to take in the first session of the semester mean that so far my GPA is excellent.
One of the things that surprised me about the math class is that I found myself actually looking forward to the discussion math questions every week. I enjoyed figuring out the answer to the equations given in formulating a response. I think maybe I am better at math than I ever gave myself credit for. Certainly, I am not proficient at it, nor is it my favorite subject; however, I think my own negative attitude about it probably got in the way of me being able to do well in past math classes.
I think there is a lesson in that revelation. It makes me wonder how many other times my past negative attitude got in the way of me being able to be successful. I think it is a lesson I need to pay attention to.