Its the time of semester when the first quizzes and exams pop up, and students may realize “all is not well.”
From my own time taking classes, it was sometimes difficult to know exactly where I stood. Sometimes I overestimated how much I had understood the material. And a bad grade was a wake up call.
So what did I do when the bad news came? What should anyone do when they fail? Some great quotes speak to this:
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. – Wilma Rudolph (Olympic athlete, fastest woman in the world in the 1960′s)
Here in Tippie, there are many places to seek help so you can learn the lessons of failure and get the boost you need to keep going. You could go to Youtube for instructional videos (http://youtu.be/pN0Y2EZuvTU is one example for an important but mundane task) but I suggest that your peers (taking the same class), the TA, the instructor, and your adviser are your best bets. Reach out — they want to help! And then there are alumni, like the ones pictured here who were just here for the Young Alumni Board meeting (this subset representing Aegon, Edelman, Principal Financial, and Accenture).
You can get some great advice about how to succeed here at Tippie and beyond from alumni. How could you get in touch with an alum? If you’d like a alum mentor, shoot me an email (email@example.com). We are exploring ways to connect current students with our alums!