Cynical is just playing his role...I've gotten to the point where I don't pay attention to his comments anymore because I don't think he really believes 90% of what he writes...just fishing, ya know?
Anyway, I certainly don't get emotional in the positive way about an A, other than that sense of "relief" that it's over and I got through it the way I wanted to.
As far getting bad grades because of not studying is concerned, well I don't think I've ever gone into a test without studying hard for it. I don't do the "no studying until cramming the night before" that many students do. For me, I've learned that I need to look at the material a little bit each day and then finish with a nice review and practice questions to truly absorb the material. So even if plans change or I get a headache or something, I will usually still do pretty well without the final study session the day before.
And I'm not referring to getting emotional to the point where it wrecks you and you want to jump off a building. I'm talking about short term disappointment like I felt today. I was flustered by the C on the report because I didn't see it coming at all. However, I was curious about others' perspectives on this because many of my classmates don't seem to care whether they get C's, B's, or A's...they get the test back and I usually hear them say something like, "oh cool...85...better than I thought," and then they move on immediately. It takes me a couple hours at least to lament over a bad grade, look at what I did to earn that grade, and evaluate what I need to do so that I don't make the same mistake twice.
I just always found it curious that others don't seem to get any kind of anxiety at all going into a test and even less when getting the grade back...maybe if you only put 75% effort in and you can still get B's, you're more efficient (and perhaps smarter) than someone like me who puts in 150% to get that 1 letter grade higher. I dunno. I just hear about how competetive it is to get into medical/dental school, and considering that I have a past haunting me, I feel that i need to put in as much effort as possible to make up for it.
I"ll shut up now, heh...