I share my own story of failure regularly with my students from middle, high school, & those pursuing STEM degrees. Test anxiety was a real thing for me, so was my inability to focus in class, study, memorize concepts & necessary material. I'm a hands-on learner & not being able to grasp as fast & well as my peers really took a toll on my confidence & idea of self-worth. My sophomore year, I called my mom crying after failing yet another Calculus II exam; I told her I wasn't cut out for engineering & I just needed to change my degree to something easier. She told me that was not an option. That I needed to stick with it... Even if it meant I had to fail some more & even take the class over. In the end, I registered for Calculus II 5 times. Failed twice, withdrew twice, & passed my junior year.
Very few people know how much & how hard I've failed to be where I am today, to have the grit, the self-awareness, the determination & the passion that gets me through it all. Failing is a part of the process & I'm so thankful to have had my mother push me, believe in me, & not allow me to quit even when I quit on myself.