When I was doing my undergraduate studies, I was also working full time. I wouldn't attend lectures and I would only attend tutorials where there was group work. Yes, I was that person in the group. I was truly terrible because I could have been at work making more money instead of watching the project management train wreck that most group assignments were. I finished my degree on a little less than a credit (4.9 on a 7 point scale. For reference, 4 is a pass.)
Eventually, I went back to do postgraduate study because a 4.9 on a business degree isn't great for job prospects. This time, I really wanted to do well. I was smart, damn it! Well, even if I wasn't, I needed to prove that to myself. I also needed it for my resume. I was working 4 days per week at the bank. It was going to be a real uphill battle.
So I dedicated myself to attending every single lecture. I signed up for co-curricular workshops. I went all in. It wasn't a perfect plan but it was the only one I had. And something interesting happened: I discovered that I could be a super engaged student. If there was a question to the class, I'd give it a shot. I would ask questions where I was unsure of something. And people started coming up to me with questions at the end of class.
One semester, it turned out that I had to do 5 subjects (the usual load is 4). I took a deep breath, picked up the textbooks early and self-studied my way through a whole subject before the semester began.
The degree was in accountancy. I never used it. But it was invaluable to me.
Over the course of that degree, I ended up on a 6.4, I became president of the entrepreneurship society, I tried standup comedy for the first time, and I co-created an incredible event that saw students try new businesses for the first time.
But something even better happened: I became the sort of person who could do difficult things.
All of this started with just showing up and saying yes.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.