From Failing Classes to Graduating with Honors (Ep. 68)

clarissaEvery time I get an email from a student who failed a class or a test and wants to know if they’ll ever be successful, the first thing I write is this: Failure exists in the past.

Some failures follow you. Some can restrict your future choices. But most don’t spell game over. Failing a class – heck, even an entire semester – is something that can be recovered from with new habits, better study strategies, and a better work ethic.

Case in point – Clarissa Rodriguez graduated high school (which came easy to her) and ended up failing classes all throughout her first three years of college.

When she asked an adviser for help with her situation, she got some very unhelpful advice: Quit your program and do something else.

That was the point where she turned it around. Clarissa’s dream was to become a nurse, and when she heard those words, she decided to make some changes. She adopted new study methods, completely revamped her time management and organization systems… and then graduated with honors.

Today, Clarissa works as a nurse case manager and is gearing up to get her Master’s degree. She also helps other students learn how to improve their studying through blogging and creating YouTube videos.

In this episode, you’ll hear Clarissa’s story and learn about the study methods she adopted to go from a failing student to an honor graduate. Enjoy!

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  1. Tom,

    I want to thank you again for interviewing me. You are doing some amazing things with this blog, podcast and your youtube channel. Keep rocking it!

  2. Frank ! I really loved this podcast. I hope you can continue contacting people from the health sciences.. Like med students, nurses, physicians and more about it because Sometimes I feel like her (I am a med student in mexico) that I wont make it that I wont be a good doctor you know? Being a med student Its a lot of work and sometimes the teaching metod of the university is different all around… Like in my school, even tho if we have teachers they want us to teach the class and that is a lot of trouble because all of the classes are just the same and its so frustrating because I dont have enough time. So back to the point… Thank you for the podcast I feel that I have hope that I am not alone.

    • Hey Mario!

      First of all congrats on getting into Medical School. I am so happy to hear that my story gave you hope that you can make it through. I have a few friends who are in medical school and it is so tough. But you know what, the only thing you can focus on is being the best Dr. you can be. And as one of my friends always says to me “You know what they call a doctor who graduated at the very bottom of his class? A doctor”.

      Wishing you the best of luck!

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