Creative Writing · Life Struggles

Bad Grades

Hey guys! It’s August and back-to-school season is getting underway. And you know what that means? Back to the dorm, back to classes full-time, back to holding a job and studying for tests and writing papers. Which means it’s going to be a crunch for your writing time.

So you have to decide between your grades and your writing, right? WRONG!

If you’ll remember my sneaky pens post, there’s always ample margin space in your notebook paper during class lectures.
And I also believe I said not to lose sight of the subject material, for the sake of your future, and for the sake of the money spent on college. Otherwise you may not have such a good chance getting a nice day job and end up with a crappy one that’ll suck out your soul over time so that your spirit just might break one day and you can no longer write (unless your soul is strong, and there are ways to bear up against the soul-sucking, but why make matters difficult if you can avoid it?).

The key, of course, as with everything, is balance.

Still, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, when half your life is still unabashedly spent in another world, slippages can occur, i.e., bad grades. It happens to the best of us.

No how do you explain these bad grades to concerned parents? On the whole, you should hope that your bad grades occur so infrequently that they don’t affect your overall class grade. And you’re away from home–unless you commute from home–so it’s doubtful they’ll find your bad grade lying around. But what if they do? What if their standards aren’t as understanding or lax as the next parent? And after all, it’s their job to be concerned about something like this.

And let’s say you fall down a steady decline. You bring up your own anxieties over your bad grade while catching up with your parents on your phone as you do your laundry. Or worst case scenario, you DON’T shape up by the end of the semester and it DOES reflect your report card.

What EVER shall you do when your well-meaning parents put you on trial???

First of all, no whining and no whimpering: BE STRONG.

Second of all, assure your parents with the utmost certainty that this will not be an on-going practice.

When it comes to citing your writing as the culprit, be prepared with a full proof strategy that will guarantee harder study without sacrificing your writing. Swear up and down that you will only write on weekends, and/or when all your homework’s done, OR that you’ll write before the school day even begins (that means at least getting up one extra hour early), that way your writing’s done for the day, or at least you’ve accomplished some, you’ve gotten some out of your system, it doesn’t consume your thoughts as much throughout the day, and may prevent daydreaming during class.

Prioritize your school work, make sure the notes come first before the pen sneaks off to write in the margins (if you must, if you cannot trust yourself–sneaky pens are NOT for the faint of heart!). Make lists, because lists are good. Especially to-do lists.

I leave it to you to prepare yourself for ultimate buckling down. Do your utmost to prevent the bad grades from happening in the first place, but if they do, you must remember the importance of working hard in ALL aims, schoolwork and personal writing alike, and if all else fails, show your parents what beautiful writing you’ve accomplished and that with some fine tuning, it could be worht something someday, so long as you swear up and down that school won’t be left in the dust.

They know you have free time. If you didn’t, you’d go insane. You might have to cut back on your social life a little though (he, he).

Use the, “I’ll DIE if I can’t write!” as an absolute LAST resort.

More than likely you won’t have to though, if you’re mature about it, and can show your parents that you’re mature about it, from the get-go.


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