This is an essay describing how a bad grade changed my life and made me a better person and student.

Essay by pierce3215Junior High, 9th gradeA+, November 2003

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The Worst Grade Ever

The first time I ever made a mediocre grade on a test changed my life forever. Before this pathetic test grade I would study for shorter periods of time and slack off more in class. My grades were much lower and my conduct was usually satisfactory. This event was most beneficial because it showed me that I was very lazy and I was not trying hard enough in school. Many people would be amazed to find out how much one test could totally change one's life. Many students who do not try that hard in school would change their study habits after reading about the major turning point of my life.

In the school year from 2002-2003, when I was a freshman, I decided to blow off studying for a major test so I could hang out with my friends. This was a major mistake that ended up making my life more meaningful.

The next morning, I waddled into English class nervously and received the "Test of Doom," which I found myself guessing on ninety-five percent of the questions based on context clues. Two days later, when I got the test back, I saw the number 13 in a blood stained crimson red color jumping out at me at the top of the paper with the words "See Me After Class" written below it. I panicked and my brain started racing with hundreds of spontaneous thoughts such as what my parents would say; I had almost been positive my parent would ground me for life. To my surprise they laughed about it with a sense of humor; my Mom said, "Is this some kind of joke?" and my dad said, "Wow, you really must have studied hard!" I was very depressed because I had never...