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Jan 18, 2019 16:38:46


by @basilesamel PATRON | 364 words | 388🔥 | 436💌

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 388🔥
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Getting expelled from college was one of the turning points of my life.

Looking back, I always had it easy. I was a top student throughout my whole boyhood, and got my high school degree with top grades. I was lucky enough to have parents who always made sure I was not slacking off at school. Well, maybe easy is not the right term since I still had to put in the work, but I had the right environment to prosper.

After high school I passed the entry process of one of the top engineering school in France, INSA Lyon. In France, public engineering schools are in a different system than regular universities. More prestigious. Based on a selection process to ensure only the best can survive. Truth is, they are but remnants of a napoleonian heritage. Engineers in France were part of a special napoleonian army corps. The training was so good it spread around Europe.

It is still a system based on elitism. 10% of the students at INSA Lyon are expelled within the 1st year. I was one of those.

The shift from high school to college is tough. You are never taught how to learn. The newly-found freedom is hard to contain. No matter how hard you work, if your methods are not right, it gets harder to succeed.

One semester passed. I tried my best to improve my grades. There was a slight improvement during the second semester, but the study committee still went for the expulsion. I didn't receive any help. Actually, I didn't ask for help. I should have. But I was an introvert from a far-away rural town who graduated from a regular high school. I was not prepared for that. I was closing myself off, trying to deal with my problems by myself.

This event taught me not to fully rely on others for my success, but to work on myself while still being eager to seek external help when it's right.

In the second part of this story I will tell you how I made my come back to the very same engineering school that expelled me and how I graduated as a telecom engineer.

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    @basilesamel wow. I love the way you wrote this into a cliffhanger! :)

    The Pageman avatar The Pageman | Jan 18, 2019 12:56:52
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    @basilesamel I'm excited to read how you made the comeback. I can also relate about being self-reliant when things get tough, but also not to be afraid to ask for some help when you really need it.

    Yaki avatar Yaki | Jan 18, 2019 09:57:09
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    @basilesamel Here's the audio version :)

    Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 18, 2019 09:51:02
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      @m1guelpiedrafita this is cool. Is there a plan to accept cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, Litecoin, or xlm as a payment? I'd definitely try this then.

      Yaki avatar Yaki | Jan 18, 2019 10:12:45
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      @yaki No plans right now, but will ping you if I ever add it

      Miguel Piedrafita avatar Miguel Piedrafita | Jan 18, 2019 11:52:59
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      @m1guelpiedrafita yes please. :)

      Yaki avatar Yaki | Jan 18, 2019 12:40:10
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