Advice: Focus on challenges and questions, and less about grades.
Why: Honors students are focused, driven, and goal-oriented, which are wonderful qualities. Unfortunately, when the goal is a particular grade––as in, “I want to get an A in this class”––it’s easy to get distracted from what really matters. It is easy to focus on grades when professors give a detailed syllabus and rubrics for every assignment, and financial aid depends on the. But let’s be honest, that’s not what professors really care about. We care about outcomes that are difficult to measure, like your passion, curiosity, and your ability to ask great questions. Focusing on grades makes you less willing to take risks or take on significant challenges. A comic to contemplate: http://kiriakakis.net/comics/mused/a-day-at-the-park