Our class is pretty competitive, but we have some people who seem to think that it's necessary to broadcast their grades, and it grates my nerves because of the mannerism that they do it. Student 1: "Hey i got a 93 on my test, alright!". Student 2: "Oh yeah? Well I got a ninety-FIVE. HA!".
I get excellent grades. I only compete with myself to get these grades. Nobody askes what i get on tests, and i don't volunteer the info either. I received a letter 2 days ago that informed me that i'm graduating first in the whole nursing class. Yes, i'm thrilled, but no one in class knows who's actually graduating first. The people who received the letters that are graduating in the top have already told each other and everyone else where they are in the line, and are wondering who's graduating in the top 4 spots. To me, yes it's a big deal that i made it, but then again, if i would say that i'm one of those 4, would i be perceived as boastful?
And before someone flames me for what i just said, this is my situation, my life, and no where have i said to anyone that this is the way it should be for everyone NOR did i say that better grades make a better nurse. (i remember a thread where someone tried to rip me a new by reading way too much into what i wrote).
Something else that annoyed me in class where competition is concerned is when we would trade quizzes and grade them. I could hear whispers in the back of the class "Hey _____ , check out her paper, look how many ______ is missing! OMG!". And the student that they're refering to hears every word. That crap's just unneccessary. And, yeah, it ticked off a lot of people in class, but i did say something to the instructor that trades quizzes, and we don't trade anymore. It's kinda hard for things like that to be private business when the rumor mill lets everyone know what your grades are.
I have/had no problem when anyone asked for help, or offering help. BUT it was to those that were obviously trying! One guy in class, who's notorious for dozing off during every movie in class, got a rude awakening once when the instructor told us that the movie would be a quiz the next day. So of course he wants someone's notes, and asked me after being shot down by the people that sat beside of him. I asked "what prevented you from taking notes?". "Well it was boring, i didn't want to pay attention!". I said "it wasn't a thrill to watch, but, no, i wouldn't feel right giving you this, when it was already presented, and you slept your way through it". He called me a "B", and now wonders why i ignore him. I hate it when people are looking for the easy way out of everything.