I used to strive for A's. Not anymore. Now I strive just to get the work done and have it presentable to hand in. Some how the marks just don't matter like they used to. Although, there's nothing more validating than seeing that A on the back of a project. Even if I really like the way a piece turned out I don't expect an A on it. They're hard to come by so I don't take it personally. Plus my initials are AA so I have a permanent set of A's that are all mine all the time.