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"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success.
A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!"
-- Andrew Carnegie

          I was feeling more and more lost with each class that went by…  not

quite understanding the lectures and not really being able to do most the

homework.  And I was really trying!  The last straw was when the teacher

came into our three hour lab class and said, “We’re behind in the lectures, so

I’m going to lecture for three hours instead of doing a lab.”  He lost me after

the first five minutes and that was the longest three hours I’d ever spent –  

completely clueless the entire time!  It was brutal.  When it was all over, I felt

like I’d been run over by a truck… five times.


          There was no hope of success at that point, so I dropped the class.  Over

the summer, I read a few basic physics books and signed up again for the fall. 

I was much more prepared, worked really hard, and got a “B+!”  I felt really

good about that!


          I had little hope of passing that class when I initially signed up for it,

because I didn’t have the prerequisite knowledge.  Hopefully, that won’t be the

case for you.  If it is, no problem!  Just back up a step and try it again!  You’ll

get through!

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