In May of this year I received a First Class Honours degree in physics with astrophysics (UK system which is roughly equivelent to 4.0GPA). I thought this was not a bad acheivement - although I knew that there were 2 other members of the class who had done much better than me. Today my confidence took a pretty bad blow when I discovered that my overall degree mark placed me 8th out of 18 students or roughly in the top 45%! This is not as highly ranked as I was expecting to be - I had reasoned that the very lowest I would rank would be 5th! First class honours degrees are often regarded with respect - but the fact that at least 8 people in my class (out of only 18!) have received one makes me think that they are worth less then I had previously thought. That is to say, this degree can only be considered valuable if few other people possess one! I am now no longer able to see how I can point to this as a way of distinguishing my abilities from others when nearly 50% of people in my class have one.... . Any thoughts?