Let me just start off by saying that this isn't a short story and in advance, I truly appreciate your response.
Today, I got a letter in the mail from my community college. It said that in order to remain in good standing, a student must achieve and maintain a semester and cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The letter stated that I didn't attain the required 2.0 GPA and therefore, I am being placed on Academic Probation, an action taken by the college to assist students in returning to good academic standings.
Students placed on Academic Probation are required to do the following:
- Meet with an academic advisor to help identify the problem(s) that led to their poor grades, organize and plan your next semester and select appropriate courses to meet their goals.
- Must meet an advisor by January 13, 2011. If I don't meet an advisor by this date, I WILL BE DROPPED FROM ALL MY COURSES.
I can't believe I've done this to myself. Let me rewind and explain:
About two months ago, I was taking four classes: Math, English, Reading and college studies.
One day, I stopped showing up to Math and English. I couldn't handle it for a few reasons: I felt that they were difficult for me; there was a lot of work, and plainly; I just didn't like the classes in general. But most of all, it was difficult to juggle school assignments with my job and my other personal issues.
I haven't been honest with my mother. She would drive me to class every day. And on the days when I had Math or English, I didn't show up to class. I just went to the library with my laptop and tried to organize my thoughts. This lasted for 1-2 months.
I told myself that I needed a fresh start and that next semester will be better, I thought I could get away from this problem by ignoring it. And it worked, until I got this letter.
So here I am -- on probation. I can't believe I did this to myself. And I still haven't told anything to my mother. See -- that's the thing about college. It's not like high school anymore; the school doesn't communicate to you through your parents. And mommy is still driving me to college. For Christ's sake, I'm eighteen years old.
So it is what it is. by January 13, I need to meet with an academic advisor. What the hell am I going to say?
Like I said, the truth is; I dropped out of English and Math because:
1. I thought the work was difficult
2. I felt unable to juggle school assignments, my job, and my personal problems simultaneously
3. And simply, they just made me mad. I didn't want to deal with them. I ran away.
Is that what I should tell the advisor?
I still don't think I can handle 12 credit hours (4 classes)all while working at my job and handling other problems of my own.
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