Matt’s Blog #8 – Flunking Statistics

Matthew Carvajal is young man with Asperger’s syndrome, a condition on the Autism spectrum. Matt, a Sock Wrangler and Sock Scriber at John’s Crazy Socks, is an essential team member working to spread happiness and show every day what is possible when you give a person a chance. Matt is going to college for the first time and sharing his experience in a blog, so others can learn of the challenges someone with Asperger’s faces and inspire others to know that they are not alone.


I wish I could tell you that all is well in college. That is not true. I’m not doing well in Statistics at all. I’m starting to debate if I should withdraw from the class. Some people would see it as quitting and maybe it is, but I don’t think I am knowledgeable enough in the aspect of math to be in this class. I think I should try again next semester, after I get a tutor to reteach me the basics and fundamentals. I feel a little bit of defeat and disappointment in myself, but I shouldn’t worry too much about it. Wallowing in defeat doesn’t bring you any closer to victory. I should go over the mistakes I made in class but let me tell you, not all of them had to deal with numbers. For example, the class was too early in my opinion, so I sometimes fell asleep in the middle of the lecture. I should learn from this and let my advisor know I can’t do classes too early. Another thing is that the Home Work website that you must go to costs $100 dollars, and I’m not able to afford that fee. When I did get enough money, it was already too late; I missed some assignments. I might have failed, but I learned from this and realize that I need to do things differently next time. Sometimes, getting things wrong is the first step to getting them right.