NSBE Magazine - Winter 2015 - 18

WORKING Smarter

Recovering From

W

hen I got to college, I'd
been a good high school
student. I was ranked in the
top 10 percent of my senior
class and was on my way
to one of the top engineering universities in
the country. My confidence was riding high,
until my first college exam. My "38" was the
lowest grade I had ever received. It devastated
me. Doubts didn't creep into my head; they
drenched me. I felt dumb, and I questioned
whether I was good enough to be in college.
After 30 years in industry and education, I've
learned one immutable fact: how a person
responds to struggle distinguishes whether
she or he is going to be successful, just barely
survive or, perhaps, fail. Success in college,
and in life, begins with your response to
difficulty, which everyone experiences at
some point.

Dr. Karl W. Reid
18

NSBE Magazine | Winter 2015

I'm thankful that my response to the "38" was
to buckle down. I changed my study location.
When I wasn't in class, eating or sleeping, I
was in the library. On the next set of exams,
I wouldn't leave my newfound home until I



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