Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Pact - Discussion 6

In chp 16, Sam discusses not passing the state boards and how it made him feel. Describe a time in your life when you felt like Sam. What or who helped you overcome those feelings and how?

10 comments:

Darlene ! said...

A point in my life where i flt as though i failed and there was nothing that could be done about it was recently when i took my intro to computer class midterm. The professor had explained since the beginning of the class that there wre certain review questions also known as "quick checks" that would be placed in the midtrm exam. They were questions that after going through every chapter we ourselves were supposed to answer and study. I on the other hand unlike Sam, payed no mind to these questions and completely forgot about the professor saying they were supposed to be in the midterm. It finally came down to about a week before the midterm and the professor once again announced that thirty of those 125 questions would be on the midterm. I then started studying and felt proud of myself the day i took the midterm but when the results came in i found out i had failed! Like sam, i will now try hard and be more determined to pass my final when its time to take it at the end of the semester. I am determined and will pass just like sam passed his state board exam in the end! (=

KASIE said...

A time in my life where I felt i failed in something was during my freshman year of highschool. My grandfather was always in and out of the hospital, but this time he got severely sick and he was kept in the hospital for more then a week, but since i was so used to him going and and then coming home 3 days later i didnt make much of a big deal out of it. Ofcourse i cared how he was doing but i was always used to the pattern that he will always come out fine.Until i heard the terrible news that he only had a couple of more days to live. My mother kept telling me to go with her to visit him in the hospital and i went a few times but not as much as i should have. Then the day came that i heard horrible news that my grandfather had passed away. I was so upset, i kept thinking to myself " if only i went to see him more, i wouldnt have to feel this guilt" but it was too late. I felt horrible and i felt that i had failed as a person, especially as my grandpa's grand-daughter. Deep inside i knew my grandfather wasnt going to look down upon me, or be mad, and no matter what he will always love me but until this day i still think to myself why couldnt i just have gone a couple more times. After the passing of my grand-father i made sure to never take the presence of someone you care about for granted because you never know when they will leave you.

EAZE said...

A time in my life where as though i felt that i had failed was the time i was denied acceptance in rutgers. I was always a smart kid and I knew i could get accepted. I had my heart set on going to rutgers since freshman year of high school. It was the school of my choice and also the school of my family's choice. My older brother currently goes there too which i thought would make it easier for me to get in but i was wrong. I knew it wasnt because my grades wasnt good enough beacsue i got into top schools. I even got into penn state but that was not the school of my choice. I was heart broken when I was told I wasnt good enough for the school because of my Sat scores. I was heated that one test could matter so much. But my parents reassured me and told me that everything was going to be alright and i could go to a school closer which would eventually be montclair state. If it wasnt for my parents helpin me and pushing me to keep going i dont know where I would be right now. Just like sam had people who looked out for and reasurred him so did I and it kept me going.

Nikki said...

One specific time in my life where I felt like I failed not only myself but everyone around me was maybe around Christmas time last year. My job where I had been working at for about two and a half years threw us a christmas party and it was somewhat of an awards ceremony also. This is the time in which they announce like the team member of the year and the party host of the year with honarable mentions. This basically showed who worked the hardest throughout the year and who deserved a spot on the wall and some extra cash. Well I knew i couldnt get the main spots because of too much good competition but i just knew i was going to get at least honarable mention for something. When they called off all the names i waited patiently for mind to be called and it never did.
at this point i felt like the world was over. i applied myself that whole year and i didnt even get a little bit of recognition. I felt so little and ashamed because at this time i was looked upon by many new employees and i probably lost all of their respect. I went home and i slept on it. I figured you know what Im going to quit. If they cant appreciate me I'll quit. But My mom talked it over with me and helped me realize that wasnt what i really wanted to do. So i spoke to my managers and they helped me understand that the competition was just really high and i had made quite some mistakes throughout that year. I took this into consideration and applied myself throughtout the year of 2007 and plan to take home the highest award this year.

Mike Darmofalski said...

A time in my life where I could relate to Sam was when I got denied from Rowan University. Rowan was my first choice for college and I was not sure if I was going to get accepted or not. I really wanted to go there because I had been there for parties and had seen the school and liked it a lot.
When I found out I didnt get in, I was very dissapointed and sad. There was nothing I could do because its not something you can jsut do again. It was four years of high school, studying, and homework. Obviously, I could have done more things in the four years I was in High School. The problem was that I already got denied from Rowan and there is nothing that could be done. I couldn't repeat my four years of High School and try and get into school. I regret not getting better grades and getting a better GPA. In college I realize I am going to have to work harder and get good grades or I will not be happy with my job like I wasn't happy when I did not get into Rowan

Garry said...

I completely understand what sam is going thru. i too was disappointed when i was unable to achieve a specific thing. My situation looked like this. It was during sr yr, and i was applying for colleges. I had my heart set on going to suny cortland Everybody around me was saying " you have nothing to worry about you will def get in there." I visted both cortland and MSU. Because i was so into cortland, msu did not appeal to me at all. I finally, recieved my accpetance letter from MSU and i was not really that excited. i was waiting for that one letter from cortland. I did get that letter. it came very late and most my friends who applied there alrady got in. I ripped it open only to see failure. I was miserable for the next week and a half. i didnt know what i was going to do with my life. However, with advisement from my guidance couselor, i ended up here at MSU. And truthfully it is just as good as being in cortland.

NiCk said...

The time in my life that i felt this in my life was when i was in my freshman year of high school and i had alot of pressure on me with school and hockey. This was a time where I had a lot going on with school where my parents would say that you cant start out in the rear with school grades are important all stuff parents say. To me hockey was more important and i had the most horrible thing happen to me my first game of the year. I broke my ankle. I was out for 6 months and felt so depressed on all of this. This all effected me in the way that school started to dropped since i couldn't play hockey. Also was upset that i couldn't work out. All of this though had to and was overcame. My family and my friends all helped me to overcome all of this. They gave me support and told me that there will be other times in my life to make this up that don't quit now cause you will never have the desire if you quit at a young age.

amanda said...

The first time i had this experience was entering college. they said that i couldnt join a sororiety until i had my grades up. the reason i wanted to join a sororiety was because of friends. I felt so abonded and alone because i didnt have anybody that i really knew or could call a friend. To me friends are the most important thing a person can have. You will always need to have a person there for you no matter what the problem is. Atleast I would never want to be alone. My family was there for me telling me when I do good with my gerades and push me to get A's then I can do whatever my heart tells me to do. Thats when I started pushing my self to do well in school because I had something to look forward to and strive for. I am glad my parents push me to be the person that IO can be no matter what the circumstancese are.

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Perk said...

In chp 16, Sam discusses not passing the state boards and how it made him feel. Describe a time in your life when you felt like Sam. What or who helped you overcome those feelings and how?

I can relate to the feelings that Sam had when I wasn't accepted into Seton Hall University. I had high hopes to getting accepted by the school with full-ride scholarship. I went through the placement test and interview process. I anticipated that when the door opens I would hear good news but, I was mistaken. The adminstrator said he had good and bad news to tell me. I was accepted into the school but i would have to pay the full tution. When I heard this news I aready knew that I would not be attenting this school in the fall. I was sad for a couple of days because attending this school would be more convenient for me. I would be closer to home, know a couple students before hand and I would become a Pirate. But relief came when montclair state filled this void for me.