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Updated on Tuesday, April 28

#20911

OMG: My flight to go back to do my 1b term is in three days but since I failed 1a I won't be going back until september and it honestly feels so crappy. I'm done with co-op so I have nothing to do now and even though i've been upset over having to repeat for the past four months it feels so much worse now that my friends are going back to 1b and i'm not. fucking hell. it sucks how with most universities if you get below the requirement you only get put on probation or something but with us you become a year behind. great.

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  1. I'm not surprised you failed with that kind of self-pitying attitude.

    Go find a job, it'll be much better than sitting at home for four months.

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    1. I'm surprised you made it into university with such generic, useless advice.

      Go read a book. Educate yourself so you're actually worth something to society.

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    2. >I'm done with co-op so I have nothing to do now

      OP more or less said he's bumming around doing nothing, so I don't see how my advice was generic and useless, 1a.

      I'm not sure why you assume I don't read. I'm even more confused as to why reading is relevant here.

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  2. i see people like you bitch about this, and then i look at my friends who were held back a year and are doing fine. deal with it - that's the waterloo way. or don't deal with it and transfer to another school.

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  3. Honestly... you've only known those friends for four months during the fall term, unless you were in the same city as them for their coop. You'll meet new ones in the new class and all throughout your undergrad.

    This is UW and this is what you signed up for, most likely because of the coop, which is the reason you have to drop down to the next class. You're going to be on different coop terms with different people. If you're off-stream sometimes it's a couple of terms before you're on campus with them again. If you don't like it, go to a different university.

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  4. So go to these other universities that you speak of then...it comes across like you are blaming the school's policies for your predicament but really...unforeseen circumstances aside...you should not fail. If you really tried as hard as you could have and still failed well I can say that school is not for everyone.

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  5. This is UW bro. You should have gone to Laurier and done Transnormative Gender Studies if you wanted to be fudged through unconditionally.

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  6. hey op, unlike the rest of these bitches i have sympathy for you. i was in the same predicament as you just a year ago except even worse since i was in stream 8 and didn't have coop during the winter term so i actually did bum around for 4 months. that year was probably the worst christmas of my life omg.
    you do know that during the spring term you can take reduced load for 1a (assuming you're in eng)? you take 3 courses during spring and the rest of your 1a courses in the fall. some people don't find it ideal because of the cost, but it's an option if you really don't want to not do anything for 4 months. if you don't take reduced load, start prepping for 1a again. self study some subjects i promise you it will make a world of a difference. just because you took a course once, doesn't mean it will be easy the second time around so don't waste these valuable 4 months.
    and like i said i totally get where you're coming from. i blamed the uni and everyone but myself for my failure. i hated the stupid 8 month waiting thing i think that if i knew that in high school i would never ever pick waterloo. in retrospect i should have done more research before deciding to come here, but how the fuck was i supposed to know i had to research failing policies and that this school was so goddamn rigid. ugh even now it still makes me worked up.
    but even though it's taken me many months, i've (mostly) gotten over my frustration at the school and everyone else. you need to (if you haven't already) think long and hard about why you failed 1a. look at what you did during your first term that caused you to fail. did you party too much and not study? are you in the right program to begin with? are you using high school study skills that won't work in uni especially if you're in eng? like seriously if you don't think about what you can do to change you will fall back into the same habits and you will fail again. i took reduced load in the spring and they showed us stats of ppl's success if they failed and tried again. the results were pretty grim it basically showed that if you had a 50 avg and you don't do something drastic, you will end up in that range all over again. it seems obvious, but habits are hard to change. i know that firsthand because i make the mistake of falling back into old habits and i almost failed again.

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    1. your friend situation, you'll get over it. university is the ultimate time for making friends and you'll meet a whole new class of people in fall. tbh only one person from the ppl i met in my old class kept in touch with me after i failed. it sucked ass knowing that ppl were moving on and leaving me behind, but at least i made one true friend who is now like one of my bffs.
      make sure you know the ins and outs of the failing policies in uw eng if you think the 8 month thing is bad. in most cases you can only have 2 failed terms in your entire degree (not saying you'll fail again, but sometimes shit happens) and other things that are annoying. talk to a first year advisor to really know what will happen in each scenario of failure (mary is my fave, bill's aight, i've heard bad things about karen). if you can't deal with the failing policies transfer to another school's eng program right now!! you still have time before app deadlines (i think most are due may 1 or beginning of may sometime). and you might think that no school wants to take you after you've failed and you're stuck at waterloo, but since you've only taken one term of courses they'll mostly still look at high school marks and since you got into waterloo they can't be half bad. my biggest regret was not getting out of waterloo after failing 1a. at the time i thought my friends that i only knew for 4 months were everything and didn't want to start over again and i thought that coop was the bomb, but i don't think any of it was worth staying for. now that i'm done first year i feel like it's too late to transfer since my marks are still shit (even tho i passed) and i've taken too many uni credits that they won't look at high school marks so i have to suck it up for 4 more fucking years. i hate coop too which was basically the reason why i came to this school. if you're in ece or software i do think coop is worth, but every other eng program (which i'm in) the opportunities are shit and a waste of my fucking time and money.
      goddamn now i'm just ranting, i have so much more to say, but i'll end it here.
      TL;DR really think about why you're here at waterloo, whether it's worth staying because you have a chance to start over somewhere new. and if you want to stay, make drastic changes. otherwise you'll end up bitter and full of regrets like me.

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  7. Universities are over-crowded, money hungry businesses which have watered down higher education immensely...we need to start valuing trades work as much as we value University...so many graduates either unemployed or under-employed. If higher education is not working out the best for you, please consider trades work or College programs...don't feel pressured by the monstrosity which is the University machine

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  8. I bet you'll work harder next time

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  9. That really sucks OP! Remember failer is a part of life and hopefully you have learned something from this.

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