So you failed a class. Now what?
The shame, the sadness, the humiliation. All these reflect what you might feel if you fail a class. Failure isn’t pleasant to anyone, as is feeling inferior to your peers.
Let me start this off by saying It’s not the end of the world and is not an indication of your level of intelligence. You are not the first and will not be the last. It certainly doesn’t mean you’re going to get kicked out of college, but it’s very important to find out what you need to do next, as their may be some hefty repercussions.
The first thing to look into would be how this will affect your academics and in turn, your financial aid. You’ll need to find out what you have to do to continue in your series of courses. Naturally, your grade-point average will lower because of the grade, but more importantly, if this class was a prerequisite in the field your studying, you will have to repeat it. You should be looking at when you can do so with your adviser. If it’s not a prerequisite you may choose to simply not repeat it, but your GPA will stay the same, low. Which ties in to the next aspect you should be looking into.
Your financial aid might be affected by a low GPA. Generally, when your GPA falls below 2.0 and stays there, schools loaning you money put you on something called “Academic Probation”. This is something you don’t want to fall into. Basically, the school is acknowledging that you are below average, and you are in danger of losing your financial aid and denied entrance into a program or repetition of core curriculum classes.
Once that’s done, review the effort you put into that class. Find out exactly why you failed. Too many extra-curricular activities? Miss too many classes? Too much partying? Was the class very difficult, or did you just not adapt to the professor’s teaching method? Answering these questions and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly should help you pass this class (should you take it again) and other classes in the future. There also ways
to boost your GPA now, if you are willing to put in the effort. Although every school is different, usually, all of them offer ways of improving your GPA score. This could be with extra assignments, or even online or summer classes.
Finally, it is important to let the issue go and move on. After taking all the steps above, there’s no point beating yourself up on it. There’s no need to constantly review all your mistakes or become bitter if it might be somebody else’s fault. Accept that you didn’t do so great and take the necessary actions to rectify it (no time to be depressed or lazy). Lastly and most importantly, LEARN from this! Don’t let yourself fall into the same routine. Learn from your mistakes you made and become a better, wiser and more educated person.