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Thread: Dreaded exam results!

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    Feeling so sad for my granddaughter today when her exam results came through the post and were not nearly as good as she expected. She's 17, great with horses but not a happy girl today. You just want to make everything right for your children and their children but sometimes you just can't.

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    No somethimes we can't, we just have to show are love and support

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    Oh I'm so sorry for her. Mother of 3 boys understands exactly how you feel. You are not happy either. Sent up a quick prayer for your grandaughter.

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    What were the exams for? Can she take them again?

    at least the results show where she needs to study more.

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    Thank you. Prayers do help.

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    They were exams before her last year at High School which determine what choices she can make for the future. She had studied hard for them which I think makes it all the more disappointing for her. I think it's a hard time for all young people in this country at the moment with few jobs at all levels and many people chasing them. Thank you for asking.

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    Try looking at this way - it's a learning experience for going thru life. There are some things we have to learn the hard way. However, I know exactly what you mean as I felt the same way exactly

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    Yes, you're right. It helps to share things with others who can remind you of the wider picture.

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    Believe.Trust. Our Great Creator has a different future for her than what she was pursuiting. Every time a door closes on us, a different one is opened. We are loved; she is loved; you are loved. She has been blessed with special talent.

    Any one can smile in the sunshine...when it rains in our life we are given the chance to grow....stronger and better. We cannot see pass the next bend in the road. Hope springs eternally. Focus on the positive. This is what I believe and have raised our children on and we have lived our life believing and seeing promises kept. You are special and she is very special and so loved. It is called "life" and not all roses; each must find their own path.

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    Aw, Hugs! I have a DD who can stdy, study, study, and not do great...learning doesnt come easy to her either. It can be so disappointing!

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    What a wise heart lifting reply. I'll be able to tell my granddaughter what you have been able to put into words when I was struggling to find the right words to say. Bless you.

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    What is aDD? xox

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    Sorry, DD id Dear daughter. Mines name is April and she is in her 3rd year of college, very hard for her though!

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    April is a lovely name. My younger 'DD' was born on April 1st. I'm sure her efforts will be rewarded in the end. What would she like to do when she leaves college?

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    She is studying history. She would love to work in a muesuem, teach, or be a librarian!!!!!!!!!!!! I think she would be great in a library!!!!!!!!!

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    When I left school (many many years ago!) I also wanted to be a librarian, but my father decided this was not the job for me and in those days your father's word was law! I ended up working in a bank which I never found was the right place for me. I still love going to the library or into bookshops and often wonder what would have happened if I had followed my dream, so I trully hope your daughter can follow hers.

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    It's a big deal to her now, but in the near future, it won't seem like such a big thing. All we can do is be there for them........

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    I understand the feeling well. If she tried her best, she can't ask for more. Remind her the only way she could have failed is if she didn't try at all. Not everyone tests the same. Some people excell on "practical exams" where they are asked to physically do something and some people excell at the pen and paper thing. My household is a mixture of both. It is a constant struggle to have one child compare their own result against another. Both are very bright but one just doesn't test on paper as well as the other.

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    I don't think that we, in America, truly understand the importance of the exam results for you as things are different here. I am sure she is disappointed in the results and in herself a little bit. I hope that she finds some way to move on and make a bright and beautiful future for herself. Tell her that we are cheering for her in America!

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    Thank you all for taking time to pass on your kind thoughts and wishes. My granddaughter is called Mandy and I have just shown them to her....brought a tear to her eye but a wee smile at the end to think that you are all cheering for her in America! What a lovely lot of people you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack
    They were exams before her last year at High School which determine what choices she can make for the future.
    It may seem at the moment that her choices are limited but that is just an illusion. She is the mistress of her life and if she has a goal, she will work towards it. Some people don't test well, some people don't find their potential until later, and some need to go an extra step or two to get to their goal. That is the nice thing about this country: You can find out what you want to do/be and then chase the dream and if that is not the cat's meow - there's another dream. Don't give up! Success is just around the corner for those who apply themselves and work hard. Test results be damned!

    My husband (or rather his mother) was told by his guidance counselor that he would end up a ditch digger. For a long time he believed it. ...Fast forward to 2006 when he got his Bachelor's Degree from University of San Francisco. He was 54. I wish he had not listened to the stupid test results and comments that categorized him WAY beyond his ability.

    SHE'LL DO GREAT!

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    Can she apply to be an exchange student and go to college in the states? Then she can choose whatever career she wants.

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    I really do understand the testing problems. I went to school in Europe before returning to the US. I've given the "you have it too easy" lecture many times to a lot of students in high school and college. The educational system is very different here and far from perfect. There WILL be a way for her to study what she wants if she wants to badly enough. She sounds motivated so don't let her give up her dreams. Sometimes it takes a little longer than we'd like.

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    My youngest had test anxiety. She can study and know the stuff but as soon as she sits down to take the test it's gone. It 's so frustrating for her.

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    Thank you for all your thoughts and advice, I do appreciate it. Never having been to America I don't know what your systems are like, but it sounds as if we could learn from them. Mandy lives with us and is quite a home bird. If she's not here or at school she's generally at the farm stables with her horse. At the moment she says she wouldn't like to live away from home but as in all things that may change in the future.

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