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Discouraged about Talents and Future - February 4th 2010, 03:53 AM

I'm not sure why, but I've just felt incredibly discouraged today.

To be honest I think it started when my teacher handed us back our essays and I got a 70%...I never get low grades on essays, not in english class in general. I've been fond of writing since I was 11 and I write stories all the time and I always get good grades in english (with the exception of sentence structure worksheet, but I digress). So when I got the paper back I just wanted to cry. Of course, my teacher is incredibly picky on how you write an essay. No contractions, must have a conclusion at the end of each paragraph, must flow smoothly, must state this, must state that.

I think the main thing that killed me was the contractions. They were everywhere on the page.

Of course, to me a structured essay strikes me as incredibly boring. Writing it is simple, but I'd hate to have to read someone else's. I like my stuff to fly off the page. But I know that's not how it works in this class. Not right now anyway.

She's told us that we can earn 15 points back if we come into encore (30 minutes of time suck during lunch) and make it up. But I'm busy during encore. I have to eat and then leave to go to another school to study Biomedical science. So for the next few days I'm gonna have to bring my lunch and sit in her class and write a 'correct' essay.

And when I really thought about it I got really sad. Because writing was always the thing that defined me for the longest time. Then I picked up drawing and when I thought, 'Maybe I'm not that much of a good writer after all.' so then I started thinking, 'my art sucks too. I'm not going to be good enough to actually live off of either of them. I'm going to be consumed by the medical field and be depressed my entire life because I feel like I can't get anywhere with my creative skills.'

and I KNOW that's not really true. I'm just really down in the dumps. I see all of these amazing artists and stuff and feel discouraged. No one really supports me in wanting to pursue art. They keep saying that there's no calling for it and that I won't make much money off of it. So everyone wants me to stay in the medical field. And I find the medical field interesting, but I'm not sure that's what I want to do. Everyone would get so disappointed if I drop this medical thing I got going. I've mentioned it before and they actually tell me to my face that they're disappointed. I never even wanted to tell anyone that I was interested in the medical field because I knew that if I changed my mind they would be disappointed.

Recently, I've been thinking about getting into an animation business, producing business, or a publishing business. I think it'd be fun to be apart of something like that. But there's nothing like that in the town I live in, so there's no way to practice or anything.

Can someone tell me more about those jobs? I'd like to know more.

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Re: Discouraged about Talents and Future - February 4th 2010, 10:05 PM

I don't think you should let one low score stand in your way. I mean, let's get real and quote Woody Allen, "If you're not failing every once in a while, it's a sign you're not being very innovative." What really gets me is not that you got that seventy, but the fact that you're letting it scare you away from trying again. You're going to have to get over the poor score and push through and go for it if writing is something you want to do. No matter WHAT job you look into, there are going to be times when you "make" something, where you get the job, or where you succeed. And then there are also going to be times when you don't. It's part of life, and if you don't learn to handle it now, things are going to be a lot more difficult down the road.

Some teachers grade on content, and some teachers grade on grammar. If this teacher is grading on grammar and contractions, you might as well not write any contractions and try your best to be grammatically correct. Even if it's not as pretty as using contractions and doesn't sound as good, if it's going to get you points, sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Then, once the teacher is satisfied with the grammar, she'll look into the content which, I'm guessing, is where you'll be the strongest at.

I think it'd be such a great thing for you to pursue art, but at the end of the day when reality sets in, you NEED to have a back up plan or something that you WILL be able to find a steady job in whereas art may not provide you with such a steady job because of A) the economy and B) all of the competition. So, that's not to say not to pursue it - by all MEANS, pursue your dreams. Just make sure that you have a plan B.

Good luck!

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Re: Discouraged about Talents and Future - February 5th 2010, 05:08 AM

Thanks. I feel better today and I knew that even yesterday when I was distraught that I was overreacting a little bit. But I got to thinking, I'm not going to take a 70 lying down. She's letting us get an extra 15 points by coming in and doing correction during encore. And now that I've calmed down a bit, I'm starting to think more competetively. "How far can I push myself? How can I show her that I'm as good as I know I am?" of course grammer has never been my best- though it's decent, I guess. I'm hoping she'll teach us more about grammer and sentence structure.

And I know that I need a back-up plan for my future, that's another reason I'm participating in the Biomedical Academy at the technical school. But as I mentioned, I'm not so sure that's what I want to do with myself.

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