« on: January 27, 2007, 05:15:40 PM »
How I feel about grades:
In law school, you know you're graded on a curve. Say your school has a 3.0 curve and you have a 3.1, you know that a little more than half the class did worse than you, and a little less than half did better. Does it really matter to you to know which of your friends are on which side of that? Most schools even publish approximately (or exactly) how many people can get each grade, so your status can be crystal clear without ever asking anyone what their grades are.
I used to talk about grades in highschool, and looking back, I was a huge tool. I did well and wondered which of my friends did too. I didn't think I was bragging at the time -- but why else would I have wanted to discuss grades? I think as long as you know where your are in the pack (roughly), there's no need to discuss grades (unless you want to brag).
The only reason would be if your school doesn't rank or release percentiles and you wanted a ball-park estimate for yourself, but even then you'd have to ask most of the people in your section what their grades were in order to estimate accurately.
Anytime my friends ask, I tell them, "I'm just happy to be here; I don't discuss grades," and most get the picture. However, one friend pushed me to share so many times that I finally told him. I still feel the same way about my grades, but now I think he's a grade-A tool for his actions. I wish he would have just left the subject alone.