What keeps you working?

<p>If your school uses the A,B,C,D system and not even +/-, what keeps you guys working? In most of my classes, I can get a 90 easy without breaking a sweat, and most of my grades hover around a 97 with a fair amount of work, and it's a bitch to try to get a 100 in everything, but if you just have an A that represents anything from 90-100, what makes you work hard? Aside from learning for learning's sake and all that.</p>

<p>Because I can tolerate:)</p>

<p>Actually, I don't really care what percentage I get in class as long as it's more than 90%. I'm not a perfectionist, so I don't try to get really high grade unless + and - are involved.</p>

<p>Drive/Perfectionism. Whenever I get lower than my expectations, I promise myself to work three or four times as hard. It really does work, but it also stretches your sanity quite a bit.</p>

<p>I wish I went to one of those schools that uses a letter grade system. :| Ranks for us come down to the thousandths. :/</p>

<p>Uhhh, we use +/- and I don't work anyway :rolleyes:, I just go for A-range in everything except Latin where I try for A+. There are two ways I know to do good schoolwork: by agonizing and by devotion, and I refuse to use the first both out of morals and laziness!</p>

<p>What keeps me working...</p>

<p>-My Alter-Ego (the evil one that claims that I am a failure in life)
-The annoying kids that are fighting for Rank 1 against me
- ... I'm sure there's more but I can't remember right now.</p>

<p>where are you all from!!!!! where i am from, an 80%+ in chemistry is almost unheard of,not to mention 90%!!!</p>

<li>becuase Im slightly insane</li>
<li>Parental expectations (not so much though)</li>
<li>i try to beat myself (referring back to insanity)</li>
<li>for my future</li>

<p>Just the notion of getting out of Ohio is enough. And it's not that hard to do fairly well at my school, even though my class is supercompetitive.</p>

<p>"getting out of Ohio," juliusmonky? That's so weird, because I would have done just about anything to get in. (I had really wanted to go to CWRU last year.)</p>

<p>case western's a great school, but I agree, I've gotta get out of ohio!</p>

<p>CWRU is different than the 'burbs. For me at least, getting out of Ohio is about the diversity and activity of city life... and the monotonous oppression of suburbia.</p>

<p>Juliusmonky is a cool kid though :-P.</p>

<p>I live in columbus, and i've lived here my entire life, so it's more about experiencing something different than hating the great state of ohio</p>

<p>In upper level classes, there are only 3 or 4 A's out of a class of 30-35 and of those maybe 1 is a 95 or better... I have to say that it is rather difficult to get an A in alot of classes at our school. Maybe with the +/- system at your school it is easier...? I'm not sure. When I took Latin there were two quarters when there were NO A's. Everyone got B/C's and were working rather hard to get those- and this is not AP, but regular- not weighted AT ALL. </p>

<p>It is for this reason that I can't see how colleges put much emphasis on grades because in some schools they are inflated and at others it is extremely difficult... but, hey, what can you do?</p>

<p>there's a lot of grade inflation here, which I hate, but I can't really do anything to change it</p>

<p>Haha, thanks Daniel, you too.</p>

<p>I agree with Just<em>forget</em>me. Plus, Ohio's economy is going nowhere. And I'm just not interested in any schools here. I mean I'll miss my suburb (and the jews, I love the jews) but C-bus is hardly a "big" city. Time to get out.</p>

<li>I just HAVE to be number one in all my classes (which I did first nine weeks!)</li>
<li>People have begun to use me as a test of how well they do a la "What did you get on the Bio test?" "A 95" "Yes! I almost beat you!"</li>
<li>I like to brag about grades to make up for my complete lack of ability in athletics.</li>
<li>When people say, "Well, we have A+s, As, and A-s, not just As, so I probably have just as high of a grade as you" I can say "Oh, actually my lowest grade this nine weeks is a 97..."</li>
<li>To be loved by teachers.</li>
<li>To maintain my nickname of "school-lover" (aka - being a nerd)</li>
<li>And, like Space Ranger 454 said, a certain degree of insanity.</li>

<p>to be the best that i know i can be. to prove to myself and to the world that im more than everyone tells me i am.</p>

<p>I don't think I would work as hard if we didn't have +/-'s but even so A+'s are rare so I'm happy with anything in the A-range. </p>

<p>Oh but Cum Laude motivates me to try to do better.</p>

<p>my computers background is a pic of the db vanquish. Thats what keeps me going!</p>