Why Grades Will Never Determine Your Success

Why Grades Will Never Determine Your Success

Just because you fail a class doesn't mean you are a failure.

As the spring semester is upon us, we are telling ourselves that we are ‘determined’ to get straight A’s this semester. That we will study for at least four hours a night, and to stay on top of things. As we all know this is true for ever college student, for about a week. Then life kicks in. You have to work after class, you get sick, or you procrastinate everything to the very last minute. Then things get harder as the semester goes on, and it seems that the more you study, the worse you do on quizzes and exams.

Going through high school and college, everyone talks about grades. People are going around comparing ACT scores and talking about how ‘bad’ they are doing when they got a 90 on a test. Those people drive me, (and I’m sure they drive you too) crazy. They can make you feel discouraged, and maybe a little stupid, which is exactly what you aren’t.

As a millennial, our generation is still in high school/college, and maybe just being a few years out of college. We are a pretty emotional generation, and that we sometimes let words get to us. Hearing about how well people did on a test, or that they got into a really hard school/program, can make us feel a little under accomplished. You compare those scores to your scores, and how well you do, and it makes you feel like garbage. You are trying your hardest and studying really hard, why aren’t you getting the same scores as them?

Here is the answer: there is no answer. That’s just the way it is. Some people naturally retain and pick up on information easier than others and are really good at school. However, you (the one who struggles with getting good grades, even though you study your a** off) are at an advantage. With all of the studying and extra miles you are going to understand a concept, you are building a work ethic.

When you get out into the real world, and find a real job, are they going to sit and go through your transcripts and see how you did in English 101 freshman year? No, they are going to see that you went to college and got some degree and have some higher education, they don’t care what grade you got in that class.

Now, let’s say that you get hired. You are completely qualified for the job. You have been there for a little while, and you begin to apply yourself, working hard to make sure you do the right job, and understand things clearly so you can do your job correctly.

Your boss sees that you are improving the company and working really hard (based off your work ethic that you developed throughout your academic career) and…you get promoted because you are applying yourself and working hard! So, let me ask you this, does this have anything to do with how well you did in a class? No!

Don’t get me wrong, work hard in school and always try to get A’s, but if you don’t it’s not the end of the world. If you are working hard and trying your very best, that is all that matters. Grades do not determine success, you do.

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One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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