When I say I’ve learned a lot during my tenure as an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, that knowledge isn’t confined to computer science. True, I learned more about CS in my freshman year than I had in the previous 18 of my entire life. Nevertheless, my experience here has been a full, well-rounded transformation.
One of the tougher lessons I have to learn is how to accept grades that are less than stellar, and how to move on from there. Even though I have never been one to possess an ego requiring its own living quarters, it is still bruising to put one’s heart and soul into a project or exam, only to come away with far less than that in the grade books.
By accepting me into their student body, Georgia Tech acknowledged that they believe I can not only withstand the rigors of its curriculum, but thrive in them. By reaching the point where I am 163 days shy of receiving my undergraduate degree, I have confirmed that belief, not only for Georgia Tech, but for myself.
I know I can accomplish anything set in front of me. Even when I have a load of fun with building a webserver in C from scratch and getting a 63 on it (yeah, I made a lot of mistakes), I won’t always get the payoff I hope for. Nevertheless, I know I can implement the necessary fixes and the required additional functionality for the second phase in a couple more weeks.
It’s all confidence. Not bloated, egotistical, superficial arrogance, but assuredness that I will perform how I know I can, that I can meet the standards Georgia Tech has placed in front of me.
I can. And I will.
Though it does help immensely to hear encouraging words from my girlfriend. 😉