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Failure

September 20th, 2009

Some days, everything goes the way you want it to go. Other days, everything that you try fails. Everyone has some days in both categories. For me, Friday was one of those days on which everything I tried refused to succeed.

At 10:00 a.m., I had my first ambassadors presentation of the year. I was invited to talk to the Intro to International Relations class. Together with the ambassador from Ecuador, Nita, I had 30 minutes to talk. Nita went first and she talked for about 10 minutes. Then it was my turn. I was also supposed to talk for about ten minutes so that we would have another ten minutes for questions. However, when I started talking I just kept going and going. When I announced that it was time for questions, class time was over. I thought we had ten minutes left, but I was wrong. I stole all Nita’s time for questions and I stole the class’ opportunity to ask questions.
I had prepared my talk pretty well, but it just did not come out the way I had hoped. My talk ended up being unorganized and way too long. It was extra embarrassing because one of the girls in the public speaking class of which I am the TA watched me give this presentation. The TA for public speaking messed up while giving a public speech… To make the trouble complete, I also forgot to show the class any of the stuff I brought with me to share with them. It was one of the worst presentations of my life. Positive note: it can only go up from here.

I thought that was enough misery for one day, but no. After I was done with classes at 12:00, I had to finish up my math homework that was due on Friday. Usually, I turn it in in class. The actual deadline is 6:00 p.m., so I had decided to postpone it in order to prepare for my presentation. I tried to work on it almost the entire afternoon, but when 6:00  p.m. rolled around, the homework was still unfished. I turned it in, but I had failed once more.

After the homework crisis, I thought it was a good idea to play some soccer to forget my worries. However, every ball I touched went in the complete opposite way that I intended. People booed me and told me I was playing bad. They were right, I failed again.

Friday was a bad day for me, but by now I have recovered. The weather here has still been continuously beautiful and during my intramural soccer game today I played much better. Saturday was also a great day, with some fantastic tennis and some quality chilling. This week, I have two tough exams. We will see how that goes. Hopefully, the two days of my exams will be days full of success.

Bastiaan