When I was immersed in my undergraduate studies, I was a B student. I got plenty of A’s but I also made a number of C’s. I remember asking a friend of mine who seemed to glide through classes how he did so well. He replied to me that for him, he simply focuses on learning the material. The grade was just a result.
The first time I related my climbing experiences to my students was for the more horrifying time during a students careers, and one that never seems to get easier: the fear of the test. Many times before I administer an exam, I quote Frank Herbert’s classic Dune. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert.