I took a Multiple Choice test one day in high school, not a written test which I preferred. I left a bunch of answers blank. I went back at the end of the test, filling in all the blank answers with the same answer, "C". Statistically, I would get some of the answers right. Well, I got my test scores back and I Failed the Test. I had never Failed a test before. So naturally, I thought there must be some mistake.
I talked to the teacher and we pulled my Scan-Tron form. In looking it over, we realized that I had erased so many answers that the computer read two answers for a lot of questions. So Mr. Brigg hand-checked my answers and WaLa! I had an "A" instead of a "F". Whew!
One "F" on my Pre-med transcript in college would have ruined any chance of my being accepted into Medical School. I was beginning to put together my Resume and figure out my Grade Point Average, or GPA. I requested transcripts from my previous college, Pierce Junior College, in Woodland Hills, CA. I had to calculate that GPA into my new one at California State University, Northridge. Inquiring minds wanted to know what the total was. So I ordered my transcripts. One day, several weeks later, the letter came in the mail. There I was again, opening another letter that, unbeknowingst to me, was about to tell my fate.
Much to my shock and dismay, I had a "D" in Trigonometry! I had no idea that it existed. Frantic, I had to get rid of it. I didn't understand where the "D" came from.
So I investigated the matter. Come to find out that my Trigonometry teacher, Mrs. Silver, had just decided to give a "D" because I never dropped the class. Remember? I had come down with chicken pox and I was only 16, so I didn't know the process.
I met with her. She had straight brown hair, pulled back into a bun. Her black glasses stared at me in seriousness and I could sense no compassion. She refused to change my grade. She would not even change it to a "Drop" or a "No Credit". She didn't care that I was Pre-Med. She didn't care that I had come down with chicken pox. She did not care that I did not actually turn in "D" work. She just didn't care. It was a bloody mess.
So I wrote a letter to the Dean of Students. I explained the whole thing.
Thank God, he had a heart. To this day, my transcript has the "D" crossed out. In handwriting next to it, there is a "No Credit". It is enscripted, "Administrative Change". The "D" never got counted into my GPA and I am so grateful to Pierce College for showing compassion on one girl who just wanted to get into Medical School. I just had to get in!