You don't mean this in a bragging way, but you currently have a perfect 4.0 GPA. Your college's honor society sent you a form-filled email alerting you of all the neat resources you have the right to take advantage of because of it. Here's the thing, though. You've only completed one class in your college career, and it was Composition I, so it wasn't really a challenge. This class is the first class that poses a challenge to your GPA, and just when you were getting used to artfully leaving out the details of how you obtained that glorious number on all of your job applications and resumes. You haven't been a straight-a student since elementary school, and it fills you with a pride that kind of feels like you swallowed a few packets of pop rocks without bothering to let them pop in your mouth first. Tiny explosions all the way down your esophagus.

You really, really, really don't want it to be over. This is your chance to start over after the ten car pile up that was your high school career. You want to be able to look your family in the eyes and say, "look at me, I'm a functional human being who has performed above adequately according to the numerical systems of assessing value that society has imposed upon us all." Beyond that, you want to be able to look *yourself* in the eyes and say that. So you have to make the choice.

What's the choice, though?