In this college class, you need to get a 99-100% in order to get a 4.0. 97-98% = 3.9, 96% = 3.8, 95% = 3.7, 94% = 3.6, and so on.
My goal for the whole year was to get a 4.0. I would often get discouraged if my assignments were not perfect. And I'd stress myself out everyday for the entire year working my ass off in order to get the 4.0. I would often dream about achieving it and my teacher told me to forget about it because no one has ever gotten that grade in her entire teaching career (she's been a teacher for a very long time). I can understand why she would tell me that because most people have a D in that class and only 1 person has an A.
The year has just ended and I aced my exam and essay, each worth 15% of my grade. So I got my 4.0. Why don't I feel as happy? I felt happier being stressed.