I was on the verge of losing my scholarships, was unable to go to Pom nationals and the number of hours I could take each semester was limited.
I was on academic probation because I had a grade point average lower than 2.0. I screwed up.
If I wanted to stay at OCU, I had to do better.
For those who just had a bad semester, don’t give up hope. One bad semester does not equal a bad college experience.
Raising your GPA is difficult if you don’t put in more effort. In my case, putting in more effort meant quitting Pom and even Student Publications, both of which meant a lot to me. I needed to put all of my efforts toward school. It was okay, because I was doing what was best for me at the time.
You’re here for school, so that should be your No. 1 priority.
Also, it is important to remember to use the resources available to you. Talk to your professors, counselors, advisers, tutors, and library staff, and let them help you. Whether you think so or not, they do care, especially when you show you do.
Most importantly, remember the world isn’t ending.
If you’re anything like I was, you’re disappointed in yourself because you know you could have done better, but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
College is about learning. You made a mistake, so choose to learn from it instead of dwelling on it. Academic probation sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. You still can be successful. Just work hard and get yourself out of this position. If you want a study partner or even just want someone to talk to that understands, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.