System.out.println( “WTF, an 89?” );

07 Sep


Ugh… I know that I can’t expect to be perfect…

My professor gave me a big fat 89 on my first project.  My spirits were deflated and I immediately started to second guess myself and question my ability to code.  LOL, right?  After I calmed down and kicked myself for being so hard on myself, I convinced myself that an 89 isn’t so bad [I currently have a 4.0 and grades lower than 95 freak me out].  I then took the time to read through my professor’s responses and then I became truly outraged.  The concept that he wanted us to learn I couldn’t find it anywhere, not in the text book, not online, not even good old YouTube. 

So I did what any self-respecting college student would do…

I emailed my professor and asked him for clarification.  He gave me a detailed description of what I SHOULD have done, then he proceeded to explain to me that the concept that he was teaching wouldn’t be found online, wouldn’t be found in our textbook and was a style from his 30 years of personal experience.  Once I understood the concept behind the code he wanted us to learn, I discovered how brilliantly simple it was and how it made the code much cleaner and it made more sense. 

My red hot outrage quickly turned into humble admiration and respect…

I’m here to learn… I’ve changed my life around for my dream.  I have to learn to calm down, slow down [15 years in corporate America can make you sprint so fast even if it’s towards a brick wall], and I must learn to appreciate all failures especially the small ones.  I have to go back to my nerd girl roots and remember that failure is always an option.

89, a failure, really?

This is more than the 89.  It’s about my reaction to it.  I have to learn to strive for perfection but also be happy with learning and any progress I make along the way. 

On a brighter note…

I just submitted my second project.  Wish me luck…


Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “System.out.println( “WTF, an 89?” );

  1. Mark Ward

    September 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Humility, I believe, is what separates the good from the great. The second you believe you can’t get any better or can’t learn something from someone else, you immediately limit your potential.

    I am certain you will recover from that ‘terrible’ score of 89. 🙂

    Good luck!


    • CodeBug83

      September 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      I’m recovering well from my score. I am also recognizing the balance between coming from being an expert in my field to being completely green. I agree with you, humility will be the key to my success. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post. Hearing from others is really helping me on my journey!



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