The end of the term is populated by a predictable cast of characters. Some leave us shaking our heads—the thoroughbred who charged from the gate like a surefire winner but faded in the stretch, the confused soul who can’t understand why missing “only” a quarter of the classes has adversely affected a final grade, the phantom who evaporated midway through the course, the desperado pleading for extensions and extra credit. Sigh.
Happily, we also met a different group of students this term. These people may have stumbled out of the gate, but they charged hard down the backstretch, closing on the class leaders as they headed for the finish line. Their preparation for the class may have looked iffy at best, but they figured out how the class worked, buckled down, and prevailed. These are the folks who started or joined a study group. They lingered after class to ask questions. They corrected their mistakes on quizzes and tests. They came early to spend extra time with models and microscopes. They did whatever it took to get the job done.
A clip from this week’s news featured a young man who would feel at home in the “It’s-Up-To-Me” crew. He wanted to get better at passing and catching a football, so he found a way to do it all by himself, gaining speed and skill in the process. Watch him in action:
As Ben Franklin said:
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Here’s to the people who get the job done.