Quit or Keep Going by Zahraa Chehade

Bill Gates once said, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lesson of failure”. When we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, commonly using negative statements such as, “I’ll never be good enough”. Science says 92% of people don’t achieve their goals (www.INC.com). But why! What if you kept trying and you succeeded, wouldn’t you be happy that you achieved your goal!

Despite giving up on the bad things, there can be good things to give up on. Such as giving up on fake friends that feed negative energy towards you, learning from your mistakes, giving up your need to impress others, etc. One thing my grandma always told me was, “Never give up on yourself, you’re always worthy to others around the world.”

“Some people have thoughts going through their mind like “Man I can’t do this anymore it’s too hard” and “I just want to close my eyes and sleep”, explained a 23 year old, Zahra Wehbe who’s planning on becoming a future Engineer.

“About 13% attributed their burnout to a lack of personal motivation. A quarter said that outside influences were a major cause: family troubles, financial issues, etc. Less than 5% reported problems with professors to be a cause.” (Burnout in College: What Causes It and How to Avoid It collegeinfogeek.com › student-burnout).

“I gave up because I was studying for such a long time, I mean I have other classes to take care of, not just that class. My head was hurting and I felt frustrated that I needed to spend so many hours on this assignment” said Zahra Wehbe.


“After some time I told myself I’m not doing this anymore, I have other classes that I need to focus on and closed the tab. I wasn’t going to stare at my computer knowing I had no clue what to do”. Zahra Wehbe added, “ At the end of the day was I satisfied with my choice? No, because that meant I needed to turn in the assignment late”

“I believe if you pay attention in class, and learn the things teachers teach you, you wont give up and you’ll understand what you’re doing.” Claimed Reem Salami, an 8th grade student. “Be Considerate. Teachers genuinely want to help you, and it’s part of their job, so don’t worry that you’re being a nuisance by approaching them outside of class.” (6 Tips for Asking Your Teacher for Help – Educational Endeavors) “After asking teachers for help, it made me understand so much more about the topic”, added Reem Salami.

Finding out your teen has failing grades can be frustrating and scary. After all, failed classes could mean a lower GPA, trouble getting into college, and perhaps even trouble graduating from high school on time (What to Do If Your High Schooler Has Failing Grades (verywellfamily.com). 

“My experience as a junior was very difficult. It was difficult because I had nobody to help me. The teachers were dodging my emails, not answering whenever I would ask in zoom, etc.” Fatima Chehade added, It made me feel like a loser, that I couldn’t finish the assignment I was supposed to do. I glared into my screen for hours knowing I couldn’t do this.

               As a result of all the interviewees responses, you should always get help when you need it. Ask a family or friend who has experience of the situation you’re going into. You can also concentrate/ understand better if you participate in classes and understand the topic that the teacher is teaching then you will end up succeeding in life.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

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