Nobody's perfect, right?
September 28, 2010 9:59 AM Subscribe
How do people get over feeling discouraged after a setback?
posted by anonymous to education (18 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I took my first microbiology exam of the year this morning. After studying very hard (and not having any experience with how this particular prof tests), I'm fairly sure I got a high C or low B at best. Seventy-five percent of what I thought would be on the exam wasn't. Things the professor said not to worry about were on the exam.
I told myself, "Don't worry. You'll knock it out of the park next time." But there's a big part of me that feels like this is an omen of bad things to come and I'll look back and think, "Oh, I should have quit after doing not as well on that first Microbio exam."
The feelings are probably worse because I'm one of those returning students who has a BA already and has to do very well (because I left my job to return to school full time after doing extremely well in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology ) mainly to to shorten the amount of time it would take to apply to pharmacy school. Also, I worked as an admin assistant (always chronically underemployed and I'm ready to have a real career) and my employer didn't want to accommodate my going to school anymore. So I'm living off of savings and working a job that pays minimum wage but is very flexible with my school schedule.
I realize how I can do better on the next exam. But I feel doomed, no matter what I tell myself. I can't seem to get myself to stop being afraid now that this means I'm not as good as I thought and that I won't get into pharmacy school (which sounds ridiculous).
Any tips on how to get over discouragement and how to stay positive and keep working hard even when you don't do as well as you'd have liked each and every time?