# Incorrectly Referencing

*(I’m applying for university, and I have to get references from all my subject teachers.)*

**Maths Teacher:** “I finished your reference. Here you go.”

**Me:** “Thank you! Oh… erm, I’m sorry, sir, but I don’t know if I can use this.”

**Maths Teacher:** “What’s wrong with it?”

**Me:** “Well you’ve written “[My Name] sometimes struggles with maths and asks for help.”

**Maths Teacher:** “Well yes, remember two weeks ago when you asked the question about the homework assignment?”

**Me:** “… No?”

**Maths Teacher:** “Yes, you called me over to your desk and asked for help because you didn’t understand the homework assignment.”

**Me:** “Um… no. I called you over because you had marked three of my correct answers as incorrect.”

**Maths Teacher:** “Yeah, right. So you sometimes struggle and ask for help.”

**Me:** “Sir, asking you to correct mistakes that YOU made does not mean I struggle at this subject!”

**Maths Teacher:** “Well, whatever. Universities like this. It shows you’re not afraid to ask for help. Why are you so bothered by this, anyway?”

**Me:** “Because I’m applying to do a maths degree. I think the university is going to care about what my MATHS teacher says about my MATHS abilities when I’m applying to study maths!”

**Maths Teacher:** “I have a stack of references to write. Just blank that bit out if you’re going to make such a fuss!”

*(I got the head of maths at my school to write my reference instead, and I got into university. Now I have a first class honours degree in maths. Not bad for a girl who ‘struggles’ with maths!)*