They are just grades, worry not!
I recently finished the taught part of my masters program in France which ran a system where grades are made known to students as they are handed in by professors. Only few modules had final examinations graded 100%, meaning that most courses were evaluated by a mixture of class participation, presentations, papers, quizzes and short exams. In the actual sense of it all, I never really had a D-day specially marked for me to go on the student portal to check all my results in one view. Nonetheless, my experience receiving grades one after the other wasn’t deprived of its own fair share of anxiety and nervousness. You have got to but giggle at the life of a student. We choose to say our prayers for a successful outcome a day the program director informs us that a professor has just handed in some grades. There are then, we fall to our knees hoping we did better or at least matched our expectations.
As life already has its own fair share of pressure, as a student I usually prefer not to add the anticipation of grades to the daily list of challenges I have to face. Instead, I convert my anticipation and fears to adequate preparation and efficient time management. That way, I am confident of avoiding failure or having to re-sit a particular module. So far so good, it has worked for me. My dedication, preparation and prayers (coming from a Christian background) before every examination have constantly done the job for me.
Its been nearly two months since I received my very last grade and so far so good, they have all been great regardless of a couple of mixed feelings here and there. Not to worry, surprises and underwhelming expectations are sometimes unavoidable elements in life. I have moved on from my complaints and instead focused on completing my final management project proposal which is due by end of September. Asides that, I am still carving cover letters and sending applications with the hope of securing an inspiring internship program somewhere in France and Europe. On a few occasions in the past few months, I have had a few nostalgic moments when I couldn’t help but reminisce on the quality of exposure and knowledge I have gained so far in France. For now, I am still dreaming my dreams, putting in some work and contributing my own part of the bargain. Building on my capacity driven personality and passion for business development, I have been reading biographies/ articles, interacting with HP executives on trend/market related issues and of recent established a start-up with two friends in the United Kingdom and India respectively.