Daily Journal Entries

Big Mistakes

Okay, so I have made a LOT of mistakes in my fifteen years of living on this earth, but I think the one I made this week was the worst one by far.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I hate my Geography class. That was a while ago, and to be completely honest, it hasn’t gotten any better. As of last week, we received a task sheet for a field report we had to complete on ‘Future Management Strategies for the Pumicestone Passage’. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

The draft was due on Wednesday morning, and Tuesday night was when my phone lit up, telling me that a text from a girl in my class had just come through. Be aware that I never speak to this girl because she’s popular and well…I’m not. Anyway, I opened the message and she was going on about how she didn’t understand the assignment and how she was so stressed because it was due the next day and blah, blah, blah. She’s not a bad person – she’s actually kind of sweet and someone I could be friends with. But I did something stupid after that. I told her I’d send her mine to take a look at and then start her own.

Anyone reading this can guess she didn’t just ‘take a look’ at it. When I got to school the next day, I sat down in class and pulled out my laptop. We were about ten minutes into period 1 when I saw the girl go up to our teacher and ask her if she could have a look at her work. I heard things like, “Wow —–, this is really good. You’ve done a lot of work.”

That was when I knew that she’d handed in MY assignment. This girl never did a lot of work, let alone any work at all! I got so frustrated, sitting there and not knowing what to do. Eventually, when the girl sat down, I took my laptop up to our teacher and quietly explained the situation, telling her that I was just trying to help and didn’t want to cause trouble, but that was MY assignment and MINE only. She said she understood and could tell the difference between my work and my classmate’s work (how I hope that’s true!)

So, the moral of the story is:

When someone in your class tells you they don’t know what to do for your really big, hard and lots-of-typing-involved assessment piece, give them a thumbs-up, tell them ‘good luck’ and never, I mean NEVER send them your assignment and tell them to ‘take a look’ at it.

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