Back when I was in college, I had this one course I needed for my major requirements, and it was only offered once a year. However, it has a pre-requisite course you need to take first. I was in a situation where if I didn’t take that course I needed, I wouldn’t be able to graduate in time. Being an international student and paying out-of-state tuition, I couldn’t afford to go for an extra quarter or year. It was simply not an option for me.
I was so stressed out about it, because I thought I just wouldn’t be able to complete my degree. It was out of my control and there didn’t seem to be any other way. My best friend and roommate at the time convinced me to go talk to the head of visual art department to see if they would let me take the pre-requisite course and the course I needed concurrently. I didn’t think they would bend the rules for me, but I was also desperate, so I went and gave it a try.
The head of department was explicitly strict about the rules regarding courses. However, he was also sympathetic about my situation, and ultimately made an exception for me.
Looking back, one college course in the grand scheme of things in life might not seem like that big of a deal, but I’m forever grateful for his lenience and that one chance he gave me. I’m also thankful for my friend’s encouragement. He taught me that you won’t get what you want in life if you don’t ask/go for it.
Somehow this memory came back to me tonight out of nowhere, and I thought I should keep it here, for myself. As a reminder, and an encouragement for the future.