I can completely understand. I'm very much a perfectionist when it comes to grades. So far, I've had a 4.0 GPA in all my pre-reqs. Then I decided to work on courses towards the BSN while waiting to hear if I was accepted into nursing school
. Took a higher level Chem class and I was LUCKY to get a 3.5! I was so frustrated with that course the entire semester. I considered dropping it and re-taking, but I couldn't justify the extra cost. It's KILLING me that I'll end up with a 3.5, especially when I discovered the reason I got questions wrong on my final exam was due to entering them in the calculator incorrectly...AARRGGHHH!!! I always write out the entire equation before I write down the answer, so my professor was able to show me where I went wrong. I could kick myself in the behind for that...LOL!!! I know it's nearly impossible to make it through college with a 4.0 GPA, but I just wanted to see if I could do it. I know I shouldn't feel like I've failed, but it's hard when you hold yourself to a high standard.
Everyone keeps telling me not to expect an A in nursing school, so I know I'm probably in for a bit of a shocker when I start this fall. So, how do we let go of the perfectionism? I keep telling myself as long as I've given it my best effort and strive for the A, that's all that matters. But I know me and I know I'll be disappointed if I don't get the A. I'm trying to get into a graduate program once I'm done with nursing school, so I have to keep at least a 3.6 or higher GPA if I want to get accepted. No small task, eh?