You may recall my last post where I was whining about receiving “no grade” on a midterm paper that I wrote for one of my graduate school courses. I was very upset which included crying like a baby. I plunged myself into a pit of despair and self-pity. I had the choice to do the assignment again to try to get a grade and preferably a grade that I could be proud of. I was so stressed out that I could not grasp, in my mind, how to begin rewriting the assignment. It took me two weeks to get it together enough to start it. I read a lot of the assigned reading again before going over what it is I learned from it all. I included everything I could think of as a response to the reading material. I am happy to report that I got an A (-). My faith and confidence in myself has now been restored (for now…HA!). I thanked my professor for being hard on me because it was exactly what I needed. I now know that I do have it in me to succeed as a graduate student.