Last week, a girlfriend of mine posted a little “Ode to Moms” on her Facebook status. I thought I would share it with you first and then explain why:
- At the age of 4: Mom knows everything!
- At 8: Mom knows a lot…
- At 12: Mom doesn’t really know everything…
- At 14: Mom doesn’t know anything!
- At 16: Mom doesn’t exist.
- At 18: She’s old fashioned.
- At 25: Maybe Mom does know about this!
- At 35: Before we decide, let’s ask Mom…
- At 45: I wonder what Mom thinks about this?
- At 75: I wish I could ask my Mom about this…
I was chatting with a friend of mine, Nicole, who just started the IMC program this Fall. Feeling a little intimidated and overwhelmed, as we can all relate, Nicole asked me for some tips for success. One of the most helpful tips I’ve gotten actually came from my own Mom. It’s served me well not only in the IMC program but in school in general. At the risk of sounding like Forest Gump (“Mama always said…”) here is what she told me:
“You start every class with an A+. You’re not earning your grade—you’re maintaining your grade. Whether you keep an A+ in your class is entirely up to you.”
Think about it. When you read your new class syllabus each semester, it’s a little overwhelming to think, “Geez, I have to earn 415 (or whatever) points to get an A+ in the class.” It’s much better to think, “Hey, I have 415 points and an A+ in this class! Now I just have to prove how awesome I am!”
In my own warped little head, I took Mom’s advice a step further to create “Stacy’s IMC Game.” Here’s how it goes: Each week is like a level in a video game—so 9 levels in total. You are allotted so many points each week. Your goal is to not screw up your assignments and discussions to keep as many points as you can. The more points you can keep by the end of your 9th level, the better your grade will be! That’s way more fun than reading a grading rubric, huh? 😉
Thanks for the advice, Mom! ❤