Statistics At Its Best

Senior year of high school my statistics teacher gave us something that was actually really sweet of him to give us. He gives all his senior classes a poem when there’s about 1/3 of the school year left. Two reasons for this,

1) That’s usually the point at which we’ve all given up on high school – we’ve all been accepted to our schools, we all know our plans for after graduation, and we’re all just ready to leave. So he gives us this poem to remind us that as close as we are, we aren’t quite there yet, and

2) We’re about to start a new chapter of our lives that will challenge us beyond what we believe ourselves capable of and so having a no quitters mindset is of utmost importance.

Mr. Swinerton, this one’s for you.


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And when you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit –

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


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