I won’t be in a big hurry to attend another summer semester any time soon. Summer is alluring because you can knock out a bunch of credits quickly and make great headway on your path to a degree in a blink of an eye. For me, this one was almost a disaster. Halfway through the semester, I found comic relief in the fact that I was dangerously close to blowing it and I am the one who wrote a book to advise and motivate adults to go back to college.
But that is real. That is the real challenge of college. Some semesters and some days are a struggle. It is just like a job, a marriage or anything that brings joy and is worth having – there are challenges.
The trouble with college is that dropping out is sometimes so seductive. About halfway through the semester, I toyed with the idea. The semester is only 6 weeks in the summer session so I would have dropped the classes with only three weeks to go. No refund.
The semester is hardly over for me. I still have a project that I have to complete in the fall. The thought of that looming over my head haunts me a bit. It would have been worse if I dropped completely.
I got by. Woody Allen said that 90% of success is just showing up.