this i supposed ot be a medium task, and as far as I can see, when i run the program it outputs EXACTLY as its supposed to. i take in the variable and convert it to upper case. (to workaround people not capitalizing words) then i compare the uppercase version of the input with the upper case version of the arraylist element. if it is the same, then it outputs the arraylist element and correctly showss its month number. March is month 3. i don't understand why this doesn't validate.