ive nearly finished my 2 year course at college. ive gone back as an adult learner, which is difficult enough. in previous education at gcse level and above i have always been told ive under achieved and have never got good grades. this has always made me feel that im not very clever. so when i went back to college to do this animal management course i said i would aim for merits, as that's what i thought my grades would average, to then be told by one teacher that i need to be getting straight distinctions. i didn't feel this was fair as i would be disappointed if i didn't get this grade. to my surprise i have done really well in the course getting a distinction overall last year, and on completing my course this year i am on target to receive a distinction star, which is the top grade and is extremely hard to achieve. we have just received an email telling us about our level 3 graduation. its not like the degree one where you have the hat and gown, but you dress up and receive a certificate at Winchester cathedral. im really proud of how i have done in this course. so i asked my parents if they wanted to go to my graduation as i thought they would be proud of me too, but all i got was 'ummmmm nah'. they are always telling me or insinuating that im stupid and cant do things. i always seem to get more praise from my boss, who ive known 3 months, than my parents. its really upset me that they dont even want to attend this graduation. its like they are not proud at all, they dont even congratulate me when i mention grades ive gotten for assignments and its made me feel like i stupid and worthless.