Listen up Flakey McFlakerson. You tried so hard? You need to graduate? This is your best work?
I am a hell of a lot older than you. You know what that means? It means I've seen better. You're young and you think you know everything about the world. I'm here to tell you that most of your professors, adjuncts, and TAs have seen better work than your best.
I've had better students. I've heard better and more legitimate excuses. I know you're lying to me because you can't even look me in the eyes and tell me the bullshit coming out of your mouth with a straight face. You are a liar.
As you get older Flakey McFlakerson, you'll find that some partners are better than others. It's just polite that you don't tell them straight up that their skills are sub-par. It's also polite if you don't ask how you stack up against the former ones; you probably don't want to hear the truth. The same goes for life in college.
Yes, I've had better students and your grade reflects that. What, you only need a C in this class to graduate? Yeah, I had a friend say that in college too, and that friend still can't find work. Why? Because it's a buyer's market. All those high-strung, work-hard A and B students are getting a job before you. Why? Because they will sharpen the pencils counter clockwise because that's what the boss said and not cause the boss trouble. That gets your hired and keeps you from getting fired.
Coming to class is hard? Poor baby. The course is scheduled. You knew the times since before the last break. You can't scrounge up the 40 hours of face time that this class asks for? How are you going to make it through a 40 hour work week?
What? I'm being mean? My friend is still unemployed because of the "I only need a C" attitude. You know what Cs across the board say to employers, especially coupled with your asinine, entitled attitude? DO NOT HIRE.
Can I write you a letter of recommendation? One where you won't waive your right to see it?
Listen, Flakey McFlakerson, you haven't tried hard and if this is your best work, you deserve the D+ you are earning right now.