Advice from a 1L here.
I remember receiving a pretty lousy pep talk as a 1L from a law prof who told a story about thinking she flunked an exam, freaking out and crying for days, but actually getting an A. Given the typical mandatory curves at most law schools, we knew the getting an A part couldn’t come true for most of the class, and the story just sounded like an excuse to brag about her law school achievements, which kind of made her sound like an asshole. Especially when she triumphantly added that some classmate who thought she aced the exam only wound up with a B.
My pep talk about exams for first year law students starts out: “Many will enter, few will win.” Then I try to reassure them that within a very few years of graduation, how they perform as lawyers will matter a whole lot more than what their grades were. I hope this is the correct approach.