For many college students, their first semester is their first experience with low grades. This isn’t uncommon because most college freshmen are used to being graded at a lower academic standard during high school than they are at college.College evaluation and grading standards are significantly more rigorous than they are even at a challenging high school, so you should expect that your work when you first arrive at college, might not be up to a college-level instructors standards. This isn’t cause for despair. This is how you learn. When faced with a lower grade than you desired you may feel your self-esteem take a hit and start to question whether you’re in fact as intelligent and capable as you thought.