When we spend hours studying for an exam that we ended up failing, struggle meeting project deadlines, or have difficulty working with non-cooperative lab members we begin to feel frustrated and discouraged. The worst thing you can do to yourself is to doubt your abilities. Besides teaching us about the fundamental basics of history, science, english, and math, school teaches us a multitude about endurance. It prepares us for the big world, as adults always phrase it, which is a glorified version of saying school prepares you for your life as an independent adult. It gives you a glimpse of the struggles you will face when you start working and taking care of yourself without the help of parents or teachers. Therefore, no matter how difficult school proves to be, let it make you stronger not weaker.
The next time you fail an exam, instead of feeling discouraged and choosing to put less of an effort next time, figure out your studying weakness and work to improve the way you study, so you can ace the upcoming exam. Having trouble meeting a deadline or working with a lazy partner? Instead of settling for a mediocre grade, lashing out on your teammates, or causing yourself unnecessary stress, TALK! Speak with your group members and reveal to them your cause of worry. Brainstorm ideas and organize an effective strategy for getting the work done in the proper time and just the right amount of group effort.
It all comes down to taking a step back, analyzing the situation, looking for ways to improve, and setting that new plan in motion. Never let your past struggles hinder your future, instead let it propel you to become an even better version of yourself.