The Day I Griped About Grades
I woke up this morning recalling the dream I was having just before I awoken. Interestingly enough, it was about the only time I complained about grades here are the Asian Institute of Management.
To give you an idea, I'm not really conscious about my grades, so I rarely complained. Of course, I don't want to just get red marks left and right-- I definitely want to excel on things that I like to do and enjoy, but with things that aren't really catching my fancy, I tend to look at them like a chore and would just come up with mediocre results.
Going back to the only time I complained , it was during the start of this year. Prof. Nani Roxas, our Operations Management (OM) professor, just released an exemption list for the midterm exams and I was not in his list. I would have been fine with it until I saw the set of folks who were exempted. The list raised questions because there some a handful of exemptions that seemed to make little sense.
So a few days after the list, I went to Prof. Jun Borromeo, our CAN group's mentor, in his office. I griped about that I perceived as a highly questionable in OM.In true professor-like fashion, Prof. Borromeo asked me if I would be bothered with the list if I was exempted. I replied I probably wouldn't. He then asked if I should be in the list and I firmly said if my benchmarks were some of the people who got in, then I should been exempted as well. Prof, Borromeo then explained to me how subjective things are and maybe I had a distorted perception of how I performed in OM (or something to that effect). I left the office after that.
I then thought about things and I realized the folly of my move. I realized the futility of certain things and business school and I started to care about grades even lesser. But that was one of the most liberating thing that happened to me in school-- I started to pick my spots better and just ignore the things I can do little or nothing about, including professors' perception of me in class. It also gave me focus on things that I want to do and enjoy and just avoid failing on subjects I don't like.
In retrospect, did I adopt the right mindset? Let's just say my grades took a beating, but I enjoyed school more and it made me look forward to going to classes. :)