Which of course is a VERY bad thing.
Grades doesnot matter,grades only tells about what you have done, not about what you can do. You can always improve.And last of all exams are not the full and efficient indicators
In the U.S. at least, the message of the educational system is clear: if there's any chance that you might not be very successful at something the first time, the wisest decision is not to attempt it at all.
There's no punishment for never having tried something new. All punishment is reserved for those who try something new and then have only average results.