When I was a first-year, I strived for perfection. Despite numerous nights in ShadFack and a lack of a social life, I felt failure was inevitable. I only wish someone had told me that grades aren’t everything.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that being afraid to fail prevented me from taking advantage of all the opportunities that F&M has to offer: the clubs, organizations, research opportunities, and relationships with peers and faculty.
While doing well in class is important, I learned more about life and myself by becoming involved in both the campus and Lancaster communities. So while it may feel like failure is the worst thing that could happen, not having the complete F&M experience is even worse.