Where do I give back the fake diploma?
May 28, 2014 12:54 PM Subscribe
Unemployed un-graduate seeks life and career advice. More details inside...
posted by DRoll to Education (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I just completed my last semester of undergraduate work at the local U. I chose to study English, which was a decision based on the fact that I had no idea what I wanted to do (and still don't). I was never motivated but still ended up with a good GPA. I walked at graduation, got my fake diploma, and started to pursue my original post-graduation plan, which was to work for a year before going to graduate school in either higher ed administration or in an MFA program for creative writing. So far, I've had no luck on finding jobs, but I'm still expanding my search (and this could be another question entirely...)
This was the plan, until yesterday. I found out that I didn't graduate.
My last English class was a disaster. It was a small seminar - essentially the capstone class for the major. Unfortunately, I started on the wrong foot immediately, and never recovered. The professor and I didn't see eye to eye, and the final grade was based almost entirely on a paper that I struggled to complete. I earned a D, which was terrible (I had never earned anything below a B before that class). What I didn't realize was that I needed a C- or greater to graduate. I was completely unaware of my situation until I got an email that said that I didn't "pass" the class and that I couldn't officially graduate until I did so.
So now, I'm hurt, deeply embarrassed, and ready to throw in the towel on grad school. I was never really keen on the idea to begin with, but I thought it would be a way to live somewhere else and (hopefully) get paid to go to school for 2-3 years, which wouldn't be too bad. Now, I don't know what to do. Having to retake this undergrad class is going to look terrible on my transcripts, and now I can't stomach the idea of asking my professors for reference letters.
Should I just give up my weak dreams of grad school and just look for jobs and/or move on my own?