I am in my first semester of a BSN (January start date). Admittedly, it has been some time since I have been in school. I always received high grades when I put my mind to something. I feel like no matter how hard I try here, I can't seem to make A's. I'm pulling high 70s on most of my midterms, but that's it. Needless to say, this has been a humbling experience for me. Has anyone else realized that their expectations did not meet up with reality once they started school? I don't think it is so much the content as the workload that is challenging me. I feel like if I lower the bar for myself, then I am giving up. I'm trying to keep motivated, and would love to hear from anyone else who is in the same boat.
They say if something is causing you anxiety ( in this case grades) you have two choices to relieve it. . You can either change your expectations or find new ways to meet those expectations.
If you truly feel like you've tried everything, then maybe it is time to change the bar a bit. Keeping it out of reach isn't doing you any good - your grades are what they are. It's just a stress increaser.
All you can do is your best
You're only partly through your first semester. Nursing school is a different animal than anything else out there. It takes a while to get used to and sometimes you have to try a million different things before it finally "clicks." Don't be so hard on yourself!
Last edit by Stephalump on Mar 1, '13