4.0 Reasons Your GPA Doesn't Define You, But Is Still Meaningful
Start writing a post
Student Life

4.0 Reasons Your GPA Doesn't Define You, But Is Still Meaningful

My favorite number ranging from .00-4.0... Lol, not.

4.0 Reasons Your GPA Doesn't Define You, But Is Still Meaningful
College of DuPage / Flickr

On Facebook within the past few weeks, it seems as though college student after college student is posting their “Look, everyone, I didn’t suck academically this semester!” posts. While I myself am beyond proud of my hard work this semester to attain a high GPA, I know that at the end of the day, I’m not defined by a number ranging from .00 to 4.0+.

That being said, GPAs do still have some sort of meaning. They can represent so much more than a person’s intelligence. Here are 4.0 reasons why your GPA is meaningful, regardless of if it defines you or not:

1. It can show your hard work

For many, many people, it is near impossible to breeze through any class and still manage an A+ (except for maybe you, underwater basket weaving.) When someone works hard and understands the expectations set forth for them, it’s incredible to tangibly see his or her success through a grade.

Some classes are hard work, and even the hardest of work won’t pay off in terms of a grade. I know for me, I worked my butt off in one of my introductory public relations classes, and still barely managed a C. Teachers are tough, school is tough, but if you work hard, you’ll manage to get by.

2. It exemplifies your struggles

My sophomore year, I did the worst I’ve ever done in school. This wasn’t because I was taking extremely tough classes (other than accounting. Damn you, accounting). I had some tough life situations that came around (unexpectedly, as most life problems do). I needed to focus on my personal life rather than my professional life. I still needed to be successful in school, but my success was limited by these problems outside of the classroom, and my GPA showed that.

Does that mean I gave up? No. It means college taught me how to prioritize, how to create a work-life balance, and how to be responsible. That’s what college is for anyways, and I know that this isn’t the case for just myself.

3. It won’t stop you from graduating with higher education (most of the time)

We’ve all heard it before, “Cs get degrees.” And they do. Your GPA is truly only of importance post-grad for an internship, or maybe your first job. And after that, it’s a forgotten number.

If you’re able to manage above a 2.0 GPA, you’re going to graduate. You’re going to have far more education than so many other people in the world are able. You’ve taken the best opportunity available to you and ran with it. Go you, you’re doing something to better yourself, and that is admirable no matter how you look at it.

4. It’s such a small number

We all know we’re 10s (on the inside and outside) anyways *wink wink*.

Never stop working hard in school, but never forget that you are so much more than just a number.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

illustration of the fibonacci sequence

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments