In high school the most important thing to do was achieving good grades. Though, as you move on to college and then eventually a career, you’ll find that the grades you make in college don’t really matter. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just neglect all of your classes, it does mean that you should approach learning and grades differently in college.
In this post, I’ll go into more detail about getting just OK grades in college. As you read this post, keep in mind that you should try your best and definitely keep a certain GPA for scholarships and such.
Once you graduate grades won’t matter
You may even find this to be true in college. When you apply to internships and later on jobs, you’ll find that most employers don’t care about your GPA. Sure they want to know how well you know how to do something, though that often doesn’t involve your grades. Experience does not involve grades, remember this.
Instead of stressing over achieving 4.0, try to get experience in the field you want a career in. Try to get as many internships as possible and aim to learn as much as you can so that when the time comes, you’ll be able to succeed at your job.
It won’t matter in life
Much like the last point, this one involves looking beyond the present and into the future. Know I now we all don’t know much about life yet, though just think about it. When has a grade point average, ever come into play in the most important moments in life? Whether you’re at a low point in your life or at your happiest, a 4.0 won’t matter.
What will matter is how you’ll handle what life gives you and straight A’s won’t help you get out of say a deep depression or crippling debt. Even when you think of the great times you’ll have in life good grades won’t make them any better. This is why you should, again try your best, but also try to learn to develop meaningful friendships, manage money or even take good care of yourself. Learning these seemingly basic skill is actually a lot more time-consuming and challenging than many think, which is why you should take a little effort that you used to put into your grades, into developing life skills.
Learning sometimes means failing
Ok, so not everyone fails a college course, I haven’t, though getting a C or even a D is alright. I’ve found that when I don’t immediately do well and consequently fail, I end up learning more from that experience than when I do well. Failure is an inevitable part of life and doing it in college only means that you’ll be more prepared for when it happens in another situation later on in life.
In fact, not fearing failure is what allows people to be more adventurous, since you would’ve already endured it. Failing your organic chemistry class will be a good thing because then you won’t be afraid to try things you’re not an expert in. This could mean pursing that business idea you’ve always had or writing that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Getting good grades in college
Of course, if you plan on continuing your education after your undergrad, you should get the best grades as possible. Though if you aren’t or even if you are, remember to make the time to learn the important skills in life.