TTT-LS wrote:A word of advice: when your grades do arrive, resist the urge to open them up right away. Go somewhere quiet, alone, take a few deep breaths, and then look at them. Whether you've done well, average, or poor, seeing your grades is just something that is better done away from crowds of others. Taking this approach will give you a few moments to reflect, and then if you still want to dance in the streets or seek the support of others, go right on ahead.
At NU, fall grades have come out both of the last two years during the 1:30-2:25 class time block. I remember noticing people opening their grades during class both times and thinking how uncomfortable it must have been for the people sitting directly behind them, and for the person viewing the grades themselves if the grades weren't good. There's just nothing positive that can come from viewing grades during class.
solid advice. If you can resist, I'd also advise not looking at them until you get home. I still remember (after first semester grades came out), walking into the bathroom and seeing one girl sobbing uncontrollably. Awkward. Also, I had been so sure that I was going to fail such that when my grades did come in, I did just about jump up and down. Thankfully, I was at home. And don't be like the guy in my school who "accidentally" left his grades up on his computer screen for everyone to see. People will hate you.
And I agree-waiting for 1L grades was much worse than waiting for the LSATs. When people asked about grades, I'd simply reply, "They were fine." Though one girl dashed up to me after class one day to say that she had heard that the people in the top 10% were only hanging out together now. I was dying to ask her a) what made her think I wasn't in the top, or b) that if they were, they hadn't invited me. But I didn't.