Will That Exam Grade Matter Years From Now?

Will That Exam Grade Matter Years From Now?

We worry too much about an exam grade that we won't even remember when we should be focusing on ourselves and what life has to offer.

As students, we are constantly caught up in the idea that getting good grades will get us a good job leading us into eventually a good life to settle down with. While we go to school to get degrees and then an occupation doing what we strive to do, it is simple for us to overlook and forget everything else that life has to offer. We have these amazing opportunities to attend school and further our education, but we have to remember the other amazing opportunities that life offers as well.

Exams stress all of us out; we never know if we studied too much or not enough. We don't get sleep or are in too much of a panic to sleep at all when there is an exam the next day. The exam grades don't define us and while we all want to do well, it is OK to take a step back. Do you and study when you can, but don't let this consume you from living your life outside of the classroom. It is important to study and to do the best that you can, but if you do poorly on an exam, do not let that overtake you. Don't fret about it; it won't help. We all do it anyways, but we don't have to.

So you didn't do well on an exam or two in that one class that has been difficult, will that matter in a few years? Will you even remember what the class was? It matters now, yes, but in a few years, you will not remember that one exam that you spent weeks being upset about. It's a grade and it is not defining who we are. We do our best, which is what matters. While we're fighting so hard to do well in school and letting one simple bad grade destroy us, we are forgetting everything that is more important, like the parts of life that will matter years from now.

We are young and need to take into account what we are capable of and what we are able to do. There are an infinite amount of adventures out there that we could go and experience. There is so much to look forward to and life all around us to enjoy. This one exam grade that you're letting dampen your mood every day is over and done with; it is not worth worrying about. There's always next time and each time you can tell yourself that you'll try a little harder and do a little better. As long as the idea of perfect grades consumes our mindsets, we will be held too much on it.

So, will that exam grade matter years from now? It won't, so just keep trying your best and you'll prove to yourself that you're better than that number.

“As you work to become a better student, remember that learning is far more important than the numbers on your transcript. I know it can be hard sometimes to remember what you're in school for. In some places, students go crazy over a tenth of a point - but this is an unhealthy and unsustainable way to manage your education. The real reason you're in school is to grow as a person and fulfill your potential.”

“Don't forget that your happiness is the most important thing and that you should never equate your GPA or school with your sense of self-worth...If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and remind yourself that you are not your grades.”

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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