- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I just had to share this, and DW is at work, and the kids are asleep…
Here’s the deal: I am a pretty good student (full time, about to get m Associate degree) but I SUCK at math.
This semester I took remedial math class number three, out of a total of four math classes needed. This would be my final “remedial” math before I took the Liberal Arts math needed for my degree.
Well, I have taken this professor before in the beginning and got an A in that class. Got a B in the second class, (different professor) and took her again this time because she’s really great, but this semester I BOMBED. Part of it was wedding planning, my head was just not on straight. Of course I still do okay in other things like Government, Speech, Literature, but with math I have to really focus. And I didn’t. Then there was the time we missed after the wedding due to our difficulties getting back to Texas and my Grandmother’s death. Missing a week of math, for me, is worlds apart from a week of English Lit. I just couldn’t seem to catch up.
In short, I knew by our third test that I wasn’t going to make it because I had really failed badly on test one and two, and so I didn’t take that test or the final. I was trying at the last moment to “learn” at home what I should have learned in class and I was just too far behind, so I emailed the professor and told her to not expect me at the final and I would just have to re-take the course. 🙁
Well on a whim I just checked my grades; none should be in yet, but she had already posted mine. I totally earned/deserved/expected an F, and I was upset about the hit my GPA would take this close to graduation (especially since I need a certain GPA for scholarship money when I transfer!)… well to my utter shock she gave me a grade of “IP”!
I didn’t know what that was so I had to go look it up. . According to my school’s website, a grade of IP:
The “IP” grade may be assigned to students who have not adequately mastered developmental course content during a given semester or term yet who, in the instructor’s judgment, have the potential to successfully complete the coursework. The only way to receive a grade in a course for which an “IP” grade has been recorded is to re-register for the course and earn a grade of “C” or better at the end of the semester or term in which the re-registration occurs.
And even better, it is NOT CALCULATED into the GPA! It’s basically a placeholder grade and won’t screw up my financial aid or my GPA.
Woohoo! I love her. 🙂 I still have to worry because I am nearing the maximum hours for which I can get financial aid and this screw up might push me past the max, but at least I am not worrying about a GPA hit too. If I max out on hours it will just mean that I will have to pay out of pocket for one or two classes after the Fall semester in order to graduate. I can deal!
So I am very happy and grateful this woman sees that I CAN do this and has faith in me. I know I CAN do it too, I just need to try harder next time! The only bad thing is I think she is not teaching it in the Fall and I can’t afford to pay out of pocket to take it in summer (I don’t have summer financial aid available). So I will most likely have to take it with someone else but that’s okay.