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general Obviously, I'm a retard
by Spanker
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( on Jun 2, 2005 02:46:54 AM

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Or they are all super-beings with hyper-intelligent ass-fuck mind rays.

More likely, however, it's a bunch of ass holes.

Since I moved to Montclair High School, I've experienced many a thing.

But nothing seemed quite as unconquerable as the fact that somehow, mysteriously, .5 points on my GPA had disappeared.

What I figured was it was simply the result of several things; differently weighted credits, different courses, the advent of 'high honors.'

But Ms. L, my guidance counselor, took my GPA and shat on it. Regardless of why, I at least wanted to know how she was doing it.

So after several conversations with my old, South guidance counselor, offered MHS the alternatives of how to calculate my GPA.
Funny thing is, had there been only a .3, or .4 difference, I probably never would have looked further.

But Ms. L insisted her math was correct, that the disappeared credits were terrorists and had been exported to the Gitmo of scholastics.

So I went above her, to the same person who helped me escape another crazy, unreasonable fate earlier, when they wanted me to take two years of AP US instead of one.

This hangs in limbo for several weeks, until today...

I have a blistering head ache. 4th period I go to the nurse, casually stopping by to see the greatest aid to my health and well-being since the move, the guidance department's secretary. I asked her about any developments, and she responded saying she'd re-remind the guy about it.

7th I revisit, once again on my trip to the nurse.

But this time she calls me in. Asks the man-in-charge, Mr. S-
"Oh, yeah, you came out way ahead under our system."

The wonderfully helpful, and hopeful, Mrs. W, continues-
"See, I told you it'd be fix-... wait. What?"
Mr. S- "Yeah, under your old scale you'd have a 2.7"

Now for some background: The newly calculated gpa is a 3.1.
My old school had it at 3.6.
I've never had a final average below a B. Thusly, a 2.7 is simply impossible.

Me- "Pardon? I... I'm sorry, how did that happen?"

Mr S- "Your guidance counselor, I and Ms C worked it all out, I don't know it in my head, but I'm sure she can walk you through."

I leave. Down the stairs. Someone's fucking me and I want to know who.
And I've got a feeling it's a big fat old black woman who's got Lupus.
I ask her to go over everything. I just don't get it, I tell her. I'm sorry we've gone over this before, but there's a discrepancy and it's a large one. I need to know what's doing this.

And we go through every last one of my grades in the last 3 years. My headache will have to wait.
There are 3 columns: Name of course, Credits earned, "Quality Credits."

I don't know what the fuck a quality credit is, but it sounds good, right?
Everything seems in order.
She mentioned she had already gone over this with Mr S, obviously I was wasting her valuable consumption time.
I couldn't believe it. I was about to pull out a calculator to challenge her math skills, when I saw it.

Freshman and Sophmore year.

5 Quality Credits (as much as my fucking Bio class).
But 0 credits earned.
Just a gut feeling.

Turns out "Quality Credits" are really "How bad your GPA gets fucked in the ass credits"
What the more you've got of those, the lower. The more earned, the better.

At my old school, gym was Pass/Fail. Here it's a letter grade.

"I'm sorry, why do I have no credits for those two classes? I think that's where the problem is."
"Well," she responded with her premeditated yet nervous answer, "those are pass fail classes. They don't have letter grades."
"But it factors into my GPA."


"Well, I guess my old school didn't count them, but it doesn't mean I should be effectively failed for classes I clearly passed."

"Well it counts here."

Luckily I was ill. Had I realized how pissed off I was about to become, I'd be leaving in handcuffs.

I walk to the nurse.
Lie down.
After 30 seconds I realize just how pissed off I am.

It isn't that this is happening. The sheer deliberateness of this can be blown off because she's an idiot. She's a bitch. Whatever. I can fix it, anyone with eyes can figure this out.

But guess what, motherfucker.
I've got a dying dog, a looney father and mother, a dying (would-be) grandfather, a group of friends I can't see anymore, a social dilemma at every turn, a pair of broken balls and NO FUCKING TIME TO WORRY ABOUT IMBECILES WITH RED FUCKING PENS.

But the real clincher is far deeper in my psyche. It hurts because when you move, you can't take anything with you. Your past is effectively void, so long as it was outside your family.
No one knows you're nice to janitors.
No one knows you've stuck up for the little guy.
No one knows you can speak well.
No one knows that 30 minutes away there are actually still some people who give your voice some weight in their minds.

So to take one of the few things that I do have, the grades on that fucking piece of paper, and to rub them in my face as though I had, literally and figuratively failed, is the lowest, most pathetic, hate-worthy, slimy, cum-sucking, cock-licking, scrotum-eating, fucked up, disgusting, vile, idiotic,



I have a meeting with the principal tomorrow.

[ Comment on this story ]

    by GMFTatsujin(Ask and ye shall receive)
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    on Jun 2, 2005 11:07:25 AM
    Seriously, that's shitty. Pass/fail shouldn't be factored in at all if there's no grade equivalent from school to school. I hear what you're saying about your past being left behind too, but sadly schools aren't meant to make you good citizens who look out for each other and have a concience. Schools are meant to make you a good test taker instead. Feel better?

    Sucks ass. If it helps though, GPAs really are barely worth the paper they're printed on. It's more a matter of pride than practicality. Shit, in NM anybody qualifies for a state scholarship with better than a 2.5. I mean, there's no serious competition here. Maybe we've just set our standards low.

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    Keep walking up the food chain
    by mythandros(Suck a Fuck)
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    on Jun 2, 2005 12:11:27 PM
    If the counselor turns a deaf ear to you, talk to her boss (probably the principal or dean). if the principal/dean turns a deaf ear, talk to the discrict superintendant. If the district super gives you no love, get a hearing by the school board. Once you're on the schedule, they kind of have to listen to you. If that doesn't work, send a letter to the mayor's office. If that doesn't work call the local paper and see if your story is news worthy.

    The point being, of course, that if I was a college counselor screening applications for a reasonably competitive field of study, i wouldn't bother to take the time to investigate why your gpa was so low. I'd just care that is it was below 3.0 (B average) and so i'd toss you in the circular file. When you have thousands of applications to sort through, "why" starts really not mattering.

    Having wrestled with these types as much as I have, that's pretty much how it works. Doesn't matter why you have a 2.7, it just matters that you have a 2.7.
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    by bean
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    on Jun 2, 2005 04:29:56 PM
    I'm so sorry you have to go through this hassle. Believe me, we've all been through the overloaded plate of GFD!

    GPA was a major thing for me too and I ran into similar situations in high school because of teachers and counselors with poor math skills. Just keep fighting until you get what you want. To me, my GPA was a matter of pride. And one of my tools in getting the fuck out of there.

    I wish you luck!
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    by Leighto
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    on Jun 2, 2005 05:32:12 PM
    Not because of exceptional or outstanding writing, but because that fucking sucks.

    And it was well written. Good show.

    (But wow does that fucking suck...)
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    by bastick
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    on Jun 3, 2005 07:29:43 PM
    You are a smart kid and you wrote a good story, but brevity is a still a virtue.
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