The evidence of my failure was crystal clear. There it was, posted up on the bulletin board for all the world to see: I had flunked Physics 102.
As the implications sank in, I went numb. I had missed the cut-off grade by just a point and a half and had done well in all the other medical school courses I was taking. It made no difference. Failing second-semester physics meant that I had to withdraw from the program.
With a pang, I thought back to my endless hours of study and to all my novenas and prayers for success. The flashback became even more painful as I remembered the morning of my final physics exam. I had refused to sit among my friends, because I knew I would be tempted to ask them for answers to any questions I didn’t know.
Now I felt betrayed. I remembered the words of the psalmist: “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen…
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