You Are Not Your Grades

You Are Not Your Grades

Don't let your GPA define you

The constant pressure to perform is everywhere, but I think most of us can agree that the pressure is especially alive in academics. At the beginning of each semester I, like most, start off by creating a goal to work toward. Throughout the semester the tests, papers and projects that stand in the way of reaching that goal constantly challenge me. By the time exams come around, I am beat down and don’t always reach my goal. As frustrated as I get with myself in the moment, I look back and remember that I am not my GPA.

There are so many other things in my life that define us other than a certain letter or number. We need to remember that as humans we cannot always be perfect. Although it is great to try and get that 4.0 GPA, sometimes we fall short. Just because school may not come easy or you struggle to perform to the best of your ability doesn’t mean that you are stupid. I have met more people that had a GPA lower than a 2.5 who were some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever encountered.

Tests tend to show you the results of how much you prepare for a set amount of material, but your GPA doesn’t show you who you are as a person. Your GPA doesn’t show you the amount of life skills you have. Your GPA doesn’t show you the amount of love you have in your heart. And at the end of the day, it’s not your GPA that matters, but those other assets.

As we enter into another semester, remember that. Of course it’s okay to strive for greatness, but if you fall short don’t be so hard on yourself because you aren’t your grades. As a wise man once said, “Reach for the moon because even if you miss you will land upon the stars.”

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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