A’s Are Not Difficult To Achieve In College And That's A Problem.

A’s Are Not Difficult To Achieve In College And That's A Problem.

Is the meaning of an A losing it's true value?

An epidemic of grade inflation is channeling into the minds of college students, as the true meaning of an A is losing its value.

There is a common saying amongst college students that have lead them to believe that doing the bare minimum will allow them to coast by in their college careers. “C’s get degree’s,” is said by students at many universities, but are students actually content with receiving C’s? The letter C stands as a symbol to represent a grade that is considered as average, however, C’s have begun to amount to the same as a failing grade in many student’s eyes.

While conversing with a friend we both agreed that we seem to get upset if we receive a grade that is lower than a B. And... sometimes we are disappointed if we get a B. So, if C’s are considered average, then why are students disappointed in that? And, furthermore, why are students disappointed in receiving B’s? Maybe C’s are considered as a fail because often times it is not very difficult to get an A.

For example, my sophomore year I took a general education science course. It was possible to receive a C- on every test and still get an A overall in the class, solely based on homework and in-class assignments. A college student was able to receive an above average grade without even getting an average grade on a single test.

If above average grades are not difficult to receive, especially at the college level, then that must mean that some students who do not deserve A’s and B’s are in fact getting them because the work does not require much effort.

Also, professors realize this mindset that has been instilled within students. One of my professors commented that she's had students try to negotiate B’s to a higher grade on several occasions.

Some students feel as if the general education courses are too easy. “All of my Gen Ed courses have been ridiculously easy so far. I’ve had a few that I’ve been able to skip pretty much once a week and still get an A in the class,” said a West Chester University sophomore.

Another student at this university mentioned something similar, “gen ed. courses are pretty much a guaranteed A, and a boost for my GPA." If A’s are not difficult to receive, especially at the college level, then that must mean that some students who do not deserve A’s are in fact getting them, because the work does not require much effort.

If an A is supposed to amount to extraordinary work, then how can it be “guaranteed” in some classes? It is understandable that a general education course would not be as difficult as a course specific to a student’s major, but a class that requires no effort at all to receive a stellar grade means the student is not being challenged at all. If a student can skip class on a regular basis or rarely study, then it is not logical for that student to receive an average grade, let alone an A.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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