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Student's Essay - Second Draft
Student's Essay - Second Draft

Title: Even a failure can still be valuable

1 Although many people are immediately discouraged by
2 failure, it’s important to remember that many failures can
3 eventually lead to accomplishments, successes, or helpful
4 knowledge. We can see examples of valuable failure in
5 both our everyday lives and in important historical
6 moments.

7 A common time for teens to taste failure is when those
8 college letters come pouring in. If they are letters
9 of acceptance, all is well. But life doesn’t always work
10 perfectly; it could be a rejection letter from a favorite
11 college. Teens tend to think that being rejected by
12 the college of their desire is a personal rejection
13 of them as people. But teens who understand that they
14 can persevere and shape their lives for themselves will learn
15 how to handle life. They will learn that life will not always
16 go their way and that they will experience setbacks, and that
17 despite these small failures they will still make something
18 of themselves.

19 A famous failure from history is the story of the
20 Apollo 13 mission. It is now known as “NASA’s most
21 successful failure.” The Apollo 13 spacecraft was on its way
22 to the moon when an oxygen tank onboard blew up. The
23 situation was life-threatening because the crew and craft
24 were 200,000 miles away from Earth. But they trusted each other
25 and the people back in Houston to come up with a solution, and
26 they succeeded. As a result, everyone got back safely.
27 How can this failure be perceived as a success? The
28 astronauts and the people in Houston didn’t give up; rather than
29 wasting their time on what-if’s, they calmly worked the
30 problem out. In the end, the Apollo 13 crisis gave NASA scientists
31 valuable lessons about the risks of space travel and how to build
32 a safer craft. They used their knowledge of the failure as a
33 foundation for future success.

35 Failure is a stepping-stone to success. Therefore,
36 it is important to regard failure as a temporary fallback,
37 not a door closed for eternity.