I was listening to your commentary on "How to do Well in College". It reminded me of my experience.
After dropping classes right and left, and being put on academic probation, I had a rough start in my college career. Then in my junior year, I met my wonderful husband. I was so impressed because he made the dean's list several times, and often times did something that I had only heard of. It was called studying. To my surprise, if I wanted to hang out with him, I had to study because that is what he spent time doing.
Then, the summer before our last year, we married. Needless to say my husband's habits rubbed off on me, and during my last year of college I made the dean's list as well! My mom was so impressed and excited. She jokingly said, "Wow if I would have known that getting married was all it took to get you focused then I would have married you off a lot sooner!" In reality, my husband taught me how to study and I soon learned a smart woman was way more impressive to him than a cute one. The better I began to do, the more confident I became, and the more I wanted to continue on that path.
Like my mom said after I made the dean's list, "Miracles do happen everyday!"