first, let me say that my perfectionist nature has been a problem all of my life. i always want to do things perfectly and be the best. but in the end, that does more harm to my own psychological and physical state than a bad grade could ever do. i took my third exam in a & p ii today and i did poorly. basically i was reading the questions too literally and not expanding on the answers enough. and to make matters worse, i knew the material. but i have a tendency to read too much into something and make a mistake, so i erred on the side of restraint for the first time and it was the wrong time to do so. that is the kick in the pants. now, i feel awful. i want to cry, yell, scream. i wish i could turn back the clock and retake the exam. the problem is that i don't see this as normal behavior. i should not be crying over test grades and letting them determine my worth. i am scared that going into the nursing program there will be times when a test grade may get the best of me but i will need to persevere and move forward or i will be left behind. there will be no time to feel sorry for myself and throw a pity party. i really need tips from self-proclaimed perfectionists like myself on how to get over it and use this opportunity as a learning experience. how do you get through it without falling apart?