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How long does it take to accept not getting the highest grades in college classes?

flbyh16flbyh16 0 replies2 threads New Member
edited August 2013 in Dartmouth College
While I was in high school, I thought it was fun to devote obscene amounts of time on studying for tests or working on homework assignments to get A+'s in all my classes. Not getting an A+ in one class felt like a major disappointment and failure.
Now that college is starting, I know I cannot possibly expect to get A's in all my classes because everyone is smart and hard-working. More importantly, my obsessive tendencies may lead me to continue trying despite my recognition that it's a pointless endeavor, which would lead to nothing but sleep deprivation and stress.

So here's my question: How long did it take for you, as a new college student, to accept that perfection in academics is no longer possible? Was it hard to adjust?
edited August 2013
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  • T26E4T26E4 23243 replies1031 threads Senior Member
    How long does it take...

    How long is a piece of string? Who can answer your question? It depends on how much hubris you've chosen to believe about yourself. Some people are perfectly secure walking into a room and immediately knowing they aren't the smartest kid in the room. Some freshmen at top schools have never had to encounter that and get rather shocked. I hope this won't be your case.

    I think you'll find people who look at your obsessiveness with A+s as bizarre and you'll find people who don't as well. I hope the former will allow you to see the wisdom of shedding that obsessiveness. Very few real world situations reward that kind of tunnel vision focus on perfection. (unless you're an accountant or a bomb-squad removal tech). I hope you will be quick to realize that.
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