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“Don’t ever assume that your students are like you, but younger. If you are an academic you were never a normal student.” Paul Francis

That quote made me go: "What? That's not true."

I was always an average student, never shining in anything but arts, religion, and writing, and maybe a bit in music too. I did exactly what got me through school, nothing more. Our grading system is from 4 to 10 in grammar school and high school, and then from 1 to 5 in University and in most (if not all) vocational schools. My GPA in grammar school was 8,2 and I think it was pretty much the same in high school.

I didn't do well. I was very much a normal student because that's the average here.

Maybe I don't like it when people make higher education seem like it's impossible for normal people. It's not. If you have a normal intelligence you can go through higher education. You don't have to be wicked smart. You just have to read a bit more (or be like me and read what counts).

I don't really want to say that if I can do it you can do it, but in all honesty, I feel like it. I don't have any confidence in myself academically yet. I got through the entrance exams even though I couldn't believe that I could get in. I'm not awesome at anything. Yet, anyway. :) But I'm finding my footing in the academic world and it's very interesting.

So yes, I think you're like me, and I think you can do it too. I have every faith in you.

Date: 2014-02-09 01:51 am (UTC)
thraceadams: (Rizzoli and Isles)
From: [personal profile] thraceadams
I agree with everything you say here. I don't think college/higher education is an unachievable goal for anyone. Yes, it might take more work for some than others but if you're willing to do it then it's doable. I applaud you for going back to school!

Date: 2014-02-09 12:59 pm (UTC)
thraceadams: (Adam and Tommy HUGS)
From: [personal profile] thraceadams
Education should be available to everyone *nods* I totally agree with this. You all are very lucky over there for sure *HUGS*


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