Am I being pathetic?

  1. I've been slowly getting my semester grades. I had two, an A in A&P 1 and an A in Medical Terminology. I was excited because so far I had a 4.0 and I was pretty sure I was getting an A in Developmental psychology. English I wasn't so sure about. I knew it was borderline 90/89. I got my last two grades today and I got an A in Psych but a B in English and I am so bummed. It almost made me cry. I was really hoping for a 4.0 this semester. Has anyone else ever felt this way? Do I seem so pathetic for being upset over a B???

    Monday I start a 8 week class of A&P 2 and Micro...9-5 M-th...eeh...This lowers my confidence a bit :uhoh21:
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  3. by   ginger58
    You sound like a typical perfectionist striving for the 4.0! Good goal but in reality you're still doing great with a B. In long term life, it probably won't matter. It will be what you retain and how you use what you learn. Keep your confidence up. Maybe you'll do better not worrying about the grade.
  4. by   Owensfamily
    I don't think it's pathetic at all. Semester before last, I was upset with my Biology grade. I had all A's and one B. An 88 in Biology. I wanted so bad to have all A's... Not that a B isn't good, but I'd never had all A's before and I wanted to call my parents to brag. (cheesy I know) I did find out later that I had the highest grade in the class though, and I even got an academic award in Biology on Honors Day, so my B wasn't so bad after all.
    Congratulations! You did great!!!
    Kendra
  5. by   lisabeth
    I agree with the other posters. You should be proud of your grades. Most of us do have at least 1 B.

    Good luck with A&P2 and Micro. Are you taking them at the same time? That will be really tough.
  6. by   Gannon1qb
    For me, I always try to do the best i can do, especially in school. This is just me now remember, I put a lot of work into school. For example, i jsut took AP1 and i had one of, if not, the highest avg in the class. And you bet i was pretty proud of myself. And its not bragging, but for the amount of work and time i put in, i was just very proud of myself becasue its a tough class and i got an A in it. I think AP1 is the foundation for nursing, and so far im off to a great start. Tahts how i see it & that makes me happy

    As for you, I think you have the right to be upset becasue getting a 4.0 is a great accomplishment. I did it one semester and i was on top of the world, but its not like you got a C, i mean a b is still above avg and its English so i dont think its taht big of deal. But i would keep striving for that 4.0, w/o making your self sick of course, because i think its a great goal to strive for.
  7. by   Soup Turtle
    Sometimes it hurts more when you come so close! I've been upset about making a 97 on a test because it was so close to a 100. If I'd made an 84, I wouldn't have cared.
  8. by   MrChicagoRN
    I graduated with Honors.

    I missed graduating eith High Honors, by something like 0.04pts. Disappointing, but not a big deal.

    Noone is going to think any better, or any worse, based on whether the word "high" is on my resume or not.
  9. by   studently42
    I don't think it's pathetic at all. When your GPA counts so much to get into a nursing program that has very limted space, anything less than the absolute best 4.0 was hard to take for this perfectionist as well. My B happened in College Algebra. I'm actually pretty good at math and had easily gotten As in two prep algebra classes(I was tutoring other students). The teachers in those classes offered a lot of insight and helped you learn. The teacher in College Algebra offered no insight at all and just read straight from the book. Besides giving the usual exams he gave 4-problem tests that he called projects but gave you no information about how to solve them. I missed two problems on all four projects giving me an AGGGGGGGGGG 50 average. Although I made As on four exams and a high B on one, the projects dragged my grade to a B. I believe that the experience has just made me work harder-I'v gotten two As since then, did pretty well on the NLN and was just accepted into my ADN program. So, put down that stick you've been hitting youself with and buckle down in your ApII and Micro classes. Perhaps not all of us that are perfectionists will actually be perfect, but we will succeed.
  10. by   miss rochelle
    Quote from Kina21
    Has anyone else ever felt this way? Do I seem so pathetic for being upset over a B???
    you're not the only one who's been upset over a B! i made a B in micro, with a 89.1... .4 points away from an 89.5, which my professor would have rounded up to an A! my lab practical grade killed my chance for an A; before she graded that i was sitting on a 90. :[

    sometimes i like to "cheer" myself up by saying that at least i didn't make something like a D... or that i don't have to take it for a third time like my friend has to...:uhoh21:
  11. by   BernieRN
    I know how you feel! I had taken Basic Algebra, intermediate Algebra, Communications, English comp, 2 psychology classes and a intro to college class and got A's in all of them. I took my first semester of Anatomy and Physiology and got a B and promptly came home, went to my room and pouted for at least 2 days ( I was 47 at the time). I just took my second ANP class and got a B in there too. I think to myself that I will never see that 4.0 GPA again, but then, of all of the classes I have taken, I knew those were the hardest and weed-out classes. Yep, there were students that got A's in there, but I am still proud of my B. An A would have been so nice though. I have to say, once you get that B, it does take the edge off of feeling you have to get an A in everything.
    You did good!

    Diana
  12. by   HisHands
    I really hate to sound like a downer, but here's something to think about.

    When I sat down for my very first nursing class, I remember thinking "I only need to get a 75%?! That's awesome." I was a good student... I graduated with a 3.5 overall. Well, let me tell you something. When you have a professor that you swear to God is Satan on earth. They will seem like they want nothing more than to fail you. They will write these tests that seem like they are just trying to trick you. That will be the day you will thank the Lord above that you got that 75%. I think that nsg school is extremely humbling.
  13. by   Heloisea3
    Yes, you're being pathetic! But, I'm just as pathetic as you are and so are half the people here. You have to be kind of anal about your grades if you want to get into nursing school or to go to graduate school once you finish. I felt the same way you do when I got a B in College Algebra. Honestly, I didn't even know if I would pass it, and I thought if I did manage to pass, I would barely scrape by with a C because I'm horrible at math. I should have been really happy about my B, but I honestly felt like it was a "let down" because I tend to get A's in my other classes. Also, the fact that I was only two points from an A kind of rubbed salt in the wound. However, knowing that I didn't fail or make a C has made me a little more appreciative and has just given me the motivation to keep working towards A's in the future. I know it is hard to do, but be proud of your grade. You worked awfully hard for that B, and it could have been much lower. Just pick yourself up and keeping working hard towards your other classes. Don't beat yourself up over it. Good luck with the rest of your classes.
  14. by   BernieRN
    Wow, so I am in the half that is anal. Kind of has a nice ring to it! With the ANP classes, I was super grateful to get the B's because a lot of kids got C's or didn't pass at all!
    If you did the best that you could do, then be proud. Those that slough, then complain, they are not in our little "anal" group!

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