When I was in 6th grade, I was supposed to do a report on the country of Malwai. I did almost no research and made up random stuff. I got a D on the paper, and even that was too generous.
This experience pains me to this day. Whenever I see the country Malawi listed, I remember this painful experience.
That’s actually a good thing.
When I was in college, I never pulled an all nighter. Not once. Even during the fall semester of my senior year, when I wrote 13 papers (and I am only counting pages that were at least 5 pages long), I never pulled an all nighter.
I think in many ways, that was due to Malawi. I learned what happened when I did not plan accordingly and had to hastily throw something together at the last minute.
My mom says “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.” I had terrible judgement when I was 12 (as all 12 year olds do) and I learned from that experience. That’s the most important thing.