You should look on the bright side. You didn't have Carl Dejerassi as a prof (he was the main developer of birth control pills). Once he asked students in one of his advanced classes to write our the most difficult question they could think of and promised to use them in their final exam. Everybody worked hard to come up with questions they thought would stump the other students on the class, mainly because they were stumped them.If he turns this thing around, he will have gained a huge amount of respect, given his poor start.
I remember my freshman year, I went into my chemistry final with a 54 in the class. The professor clearly stated in the first week to not expect a curve no matter what. The final, however, was divided into 4 sections. The first 3 covered the first 3 tests, the last one was the final 1/4 of the class. It was setup so each section was graded independently so that if you performed better in those, they would replace your previous test scores. I went in with a 54 in the class, after the final I saw my final grade in the class was a 91. I went from a huge dent in my hope scholarship retention, to glory. That was sweet and made me enjoy the class more in hindsight (especially since I am a mechanical engineer and have never enjoyed chemistry).
Important lesson I learned: if you want someone bad enough, you work your butt off, no matter how bleak things may look, there's usually always a way to succeed. Here's hoping CGC finds his way.
Sure enough, on the day of the final Dejerassi brought in the exam papers and passed them out. Each student looked down and, to their dismay, found the question they had written themselves.
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