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Hate Myself For Failing Geometry

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,



Hi, I'm a 14yo girl. I'm currently taking geometry but I'm not understanding. I try so hard to pass the tests but I'm not getting it. People have tried to teach me but I still don't get it. I got a D in this class and this has been all that's been on my mind. I cried my eyes out when I found out and basically I can't stop thinking about. Every time I think about it I start crying because I'm a very sensitive person and this is the first time I've failed anything. Right now I hate myself. HELP ME PLEASE. I can't deal with this anymore.


Signed: Hate Myself For Failing Geometry

Dear Hate Myself For Failing Geometry,


TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with geometry – particularly that your difficulties with the subject have been so stressful and upsetting to the point of feeling like you “hate” yourself. FX would like to start off by assuring you that all people in this world have their strengths and limitations – it is a part of being human that we each have things we are good at and other things that do not come as easily. The important thing to remember is that it is normal and natural to have limitations in the things we can do or are good at – those limitations make us who we are, and they certainly do not mean that we are bad or unworthy as a whole just because of them. So try to have some patience and compassion towards yourself about this. Just because geometry may not be your thing, does not take away or negate all of the wonderful qualities and talents that you do have (and we will assume that you must have many since you said this is the first time you’ve every failed anything!).


The best that you can do is to meet with your geometry teacher or other math tutors and keep trying. And even if you do not have an A at the end of it, remember that trying hard, especially when faced with something very hard and challenging, is something to feel very proud of. So even if your geometry grades are not as high as some of your other grades, you can feel good about yourself knowing that you put your time and effort into doing the best you can!


Signed: TeenHealthFX