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Who else hates those A- grades?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by QuantumMechanic, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. QuantumMechanic

    QuantumMechanic Avatar=One of the Greats
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    I really have no room to bitch with my current gpa, but I hate A-'s. It's kinda like gpa purgatory: is it an A or is it not an A? Any neurotic, anal premed like me hates that those 3.7's lower their immaculate gpa's. Alas, maybe it'll be nice to goto a med school that's pass/fail.
     
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  3. bbas

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    They are generally a pain, except when you think you are getting a B+ as a final grade but instead get an A-. In those cases, I'm just happy to see the letter "A". :D
     
  4. QuantumMechanic

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    the drop to the B+ only happened to me once, every other time its been A-. Sure as hell doesn't do wonders for bringing the gpa above a 3.9 :smuggrin:
     
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    justskipee Senior Member
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    Come to Madison, where you can be free of A minuses forever. We have the A/AB/C/DC/D/F grading scale.
     
  6. byeh2004

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    THANK YOUFINALLY SOMEONE HAD THE GUTS TO CREATE THIS THREAD! WOOT I AM NOT ALONE.

    I got one A and 3 A-'s (ALL sciences) this quarter... not too happy about that... I will definitely focus more on school next quarter
     
  7. QuantumMechanic

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    AB?????!!!???? If I replaced all my A-'s with AB's that'd drop my gpa to a damn 3.8!!!! AAAAAAHHHHH :mad: :mad: :D :D
     
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    3.8? Wow, thats so horrible... :rolleyes:
     
  9. byeh2004

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    Say Amen if you agreee

    An A- is like a slap to your face. Its like saying your not quite A material and your near B range. Hence, that is why I hate the A-.
     
  10. Pontifex Maximus

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    No one likes A minuses, unless they'd get a B otherwise :)
     
  11. carn311

    carn311 Dead tired.
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    I got an A- in orgo lab this semester. The TA said that the point difference between an A and a B was only 3 points. He basically told me that he just subjectively decided that I didn't deserve the A even though my average is stellar.

    ???? :wow:
     
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    i hope you guys are kidding...i like A-'s, sure beats B+'s, B's, lower.....
     
  13. QuantumMechanic

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    this is SDN of course we aren't kidding :laugh:
     
  14. byeh2004

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    it definitely does beat a B+ but i guess its the fact that we demand perfection and its our level of expectations... but guys... I've been pretty down because of my A-'s for the past few days... but listen up... next quarter or semester, we will TAKE the NEXT SEMESTER by STORM! Whos wit me?
     
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    A-'s are evil and out to slay virgins.
     
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    lol get out of here Brett mr. 4.0! =P just kidding..

    yea A-'s suck
     
  17. Fermata

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    I would contest that A- students far outslay virgins than do A students.

    Though I doubt those bastards at the NIH are gonna give me the necessary funding to prove it.
     
  18. crazy_cavalier

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    I've got tons of A-'s. It's mostly during my second year / 1st sem of third year... but lately I've been nailing the A's. Of course, it's only *after* I get accepted to med school that I start busting my ass to pull it up to A's. Oh well, here's to a good start to many years of hard work, and a feeling of satisfaction for having a job well done :D
     
  19. Virgil

    Virgil Hi hi!
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    [​IMG]

    The sad thing is that I actually took time to draw this. Silly premeds.
     
  20. I can not stand A-'s!!!!

    If I ever got an A- I would be very sad -- ahh the OCD's of the common pre-med.

    Can't wait until P/F in med school!

    Angel
     
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    LOL. If medicine doesn't work out for you. . you have a career in art.
     
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    My goodness! I really hope you guys are kidding. A-'s are good grades, for Pete's sake! Heck, it's helluva lot better than any "B"! Loosen up, people! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    I hate an A-, there is no point to give someone an A-. Just give them an A, if they work that hard to receive and A- just give them the A.
     
  24. byeh2004

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    ughh... how many A-'s do you guys have? I have 3 in a row this quarter
     
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    You'd think I'd have liked A-'s because they still raised my GPA but no i really didn't like them all that much.
     
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    All A-'s are turned into A's in TMDSAS. God bless TX!
     
  27. byeh2004

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    are you serious? thats pretty awesome!

    too bad Hopkins or WashU isnt in good ol lone star state
     
  28. jbrice1639

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    can't spell Degree without a D...

    i'm so glad i wasn't a pre-med in undergrad...i'd have probably thrown someone under a bus if i'd heard all this whining about an A- being a bad grade... :smuggrin:

    Anyways, you all need to lighten up, seriously...Bs are good grades...above average, shows competence. Live a little and relax or you'll all burn out before you even get to med school.
     
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    I agree. I thought this thread was a joke at first but it's scary to see that people like this actually do exist. If you really can't sleep at night because you got an A- instead of an A, or you think life is over because you got a B+ then you really need to get a girlfriend/boyfriend or some kind of hobby outside of school.
     
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    So THIS is where the most annoying people in pre-allo hang out.
     
  31. Virgil

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    Bwaha...'twas a hyperbole!
     
  32. Virgil

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    Either here or...on the couch! Just kidding Thundrstorm, you're the coolest.
     
  33. byeh2004

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    pretty-much :thumbup:
     
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    You guys, this is a really embarrassing thread. I'm blushing reading it. Now stop. Stop now.
    Makes me think of Jon Stewart: "It's not that your show is bad, it's that you're hurting America."
     
  35. Will Ferrell

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    yeah.... A-'s do suck. The worst is that you're not allowed to whine about them. It's okay to feel down about a B, but A-'s hurt too. It's like hiding your emotions .....

    Well... i guess they're not that bad..lol
     
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    I really don’t think A-'s are anything to complain about. The difference in effort between an A- and an A is not substantial. The one A- I received this semester was one I earned. I could have gotten an A and I know that. Spend less time wining and just work a little harder.
     
  37. QuantumMechanic

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    :laugh: :laugh: the arbitrary lab report grades in biochem weren't really ones you could work harder for. maybe if I kissed more ass, and wore more chapstick... :laugh:
     
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    YES! Finally, someone else who feels comfortable admitting this. I agree.
     
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    The + - system has only brought my gpa down, but I dont hate A-. I think in some of the courses that I have received an A- that my work was not worthy of an A as I slacked off at the end of the semester. I take a great bit of pride in my work and I think Im almost happier that I didnt get away with bull****ting my way into an A. The + - system more accurately reflects what ones performance is. I wouldnt want someone that scored 10-15 lower than me to get the same grade. That would be somewhat demoralizing. Of course in classes I dont give a **** about I just want an easy A, but when Im interested in a class I dont appreciate bull****. I can say this though since my gpa is still high. Perhaps Is have a different perspective if my gpa sucked.
     
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    A professor was gonna give me a B+ once and I kept going to his office and whining so much that he gave me a A-, then I went to his office again bringing the whine to try and get an A but it didnt work. Yeah, those A- stink, so I gave him a stinky review on http://www.ratemyprofessors.com

    Thats how I roll.
     
  41. zero2hero

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    In my opinion anything starting with an A is great in my book. The only time I would be a little ticked off is if I worked my ass off for a class but end up not gettin the A, especially after missing a cutoff by a few points.
     
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    A-'s are the worst. I got A-'s in my Org. Chem series and that really sucked. Then this last quarter I thought I kicked Biochem's fat butt only to find a *&^$%^'n A-. I mean honestly who uses an A-. Its like your half a point away from an A and pissy prof. who probably didn't get accepted to Med school decides to screw you and give you the GPA lowering A- instead of the A. Makes me want to bash some heads every time I see the A-. You should get a jar of vaseline with everyone!
     

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