The Time I Failed Out of College

The Time I Failed Out of College

I learned round about 11th grade that I stink at math. I got a D in Algebra, which I’m pretty certain is impossible when you get grades like 47 and 56 on tests. I think Mr. Boesel just didn’t want to see me again so he pushed me on through. The same thing happened with Biology.

So when it came time to take Trigonometry and Chemistry in 12th grade I refused to suffer any longer. I went to the guidance counselor and told her I wanted to take music. She vehemently protested. Eventually she let me do it but she wanted to make sure I understood something. “You won’t get into college. You are off the college track.”

As a type-A high schooler I felt like I had failed an opportunity to succeed in life. But at that point I was so sick of school I shrugged and didn’t really care.

I got out of high school and lived a little. I used the music training I learned. I enjoyed life and started discovering more of who I was. Then I started to see some things that made me wonder if I wasn’t told the entire truth by that guidance counselor. Four years later, on a whim, I applied at one of the top ten private colleges in America. I got accepted.

I went on to get a Master’s Degree in… wait for it… counseling. Ya, the same thing the lady who told me I wouldn’t get into college had her degree in.

It’s tragic how many people give up on things before they ever start because some so-called expert tells them they don’t have what it takes or they messed up too much. There are people who will tell you life only works one way. They have have a rigid view on how to do things. They are wrong.

No matter how smart or in charge a person seems they don’t get the final say on what you can or can’t accomplish with your life. God does.

If someone who was supposedly an expert has convinced you to give up before you even started – don’t listen. Ignore them. Combine your hard work with God’s power in you and there is no limit to what you can accomplish in this life.

Get out there and do that thing people said you couldn’t do. You can.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us… Ephesians 3:20

My brother has a great blog about this topic too. Check it out here.