Monday, April 19, 2010
What to do when someone thinks you are an idiot..
"Have you ever written a graduate paper before?", "Have you ever gone to a writing workshop?, maybe you need to"...." This paper is just scattered and a mess....." "Is this your first time writing a paper?"
Hi everybody, This is what my professor told me yesterday as I sat on a chair feeling about two inches tall. We were just going over a term paper I had written on Latino children in early childhood education. When he called my name to go up to his desk and discuss my paper I was thinking in my mind "easy A" what I received was at his mercy a C that was changed to a B because of the rest of my performance in the class. I humbly took his advice, left the building, went onto the F train...and then cried. I have been in graduate school part time for five years, I also work full time and this semester I took two classes and my present GPA 3.7...soooo I wrestled with his insult, took it for what it was, but I know what I am worth. Just for you guys to understand, he did inform our class at the beginning of the year that he failed all of his students in the previous class and demanded that they rewrite their term papers before they would get a grade. So my fellow classmates and I knew we were in for a doozy!
I said it before and I will say it again, I know what I am worth. I had to remind myself amidst this insult that I am a smart woman, capable, and that I can write a term paper! My previous record proves that. So, my confidence may have been shaken,,,but only for a minute.
As usual, I will ask on this blog, "what the hell does this have to do with jewelry making?" CONFIDENCE. In the past I would have been devastated for days and question my self worth from one man's silly comment. But, I am older and wiser. When you know who you are and what you are capable of, no one can tell you different. Don't get me wrong, it is wise to listen to advice and take whatever can be improved and run with it. BUT don't let one person's comment whether they are your dean, teacher, boss, husband or mother and dive into a sea of melancholy over it.
By the way did you know that only 3% of hispanic women in the United States hold an advanced degree???
Soon I will be included in that number sistas! Soooooo, maybe sir, I don't need a writing workshop, what I need is to write a paper on " How to live your dream and persevere to the end even when your professor thinks you are an idiot" ;-)
Happy jewlery making everybody
This picture by the way is of my mom in the early 70's, she has this young, militant, fuerza (strength) in this picture that I just had to post it.
My mom in her free days.