Hello lovelies! Today I will be discussing the college GPA – why it matters, and why it doesn’t. As a slight overachiever, I’ve worked hard so far in college to maintain a high GPA and excel in my classes. While there are some benefits to having a higher GPA, I fully acknowledge that it isn’t the most important thing in college, and that it doesn’t confirm how smart (or not smart) you are.
Why It Matters
Your GPA matters most significantly while you are in school. Having a higher GPA can allow you to be eligible for certain scholarships, internships, and honor societies, for example, that a lower GPA is not eligible for. Academic honors, research opportunities, and even some classes require you to maintain a certain GPA, which is why it is absolutely important that you work as hard as you can during college to create the higher GPA that you can.
If you are interested in going into graduate school, your GPA will absolutely matter. GPA is a required, and often important part of the admissions process, so having a higher one will likely lead to better offers and a greater choice of which school you wish to attend.
Why It Doesn’t
When it comes time to the post-grad job search, most employers will spend little time considering how high your GPA was, so long as you graduated with a relevant degree and have the experience and skills necessary to excel in the job position. Your previous internships and work experience are absolutely more essential to the hiring process. It’s so much better to have these kinds of experiences, rather than just have a high GPA to show. Click here for more info on why you should have a job in college. Also, while you could have a perfect GPA, if you have no connections in the field you are looking to work in, finding a job will be a lot harder than you think. This is why networking is so crucial during and after college!
Lastly, remember that your GPA doesn’t say how smart you are as a person. One extremely difficult class can cause your GPA to fall significantly, but it doesn’t mean that you aren’t as intelligent as someone with a higher GPA who took quote-on-quote ‘easier’ classes. Your GPA doesn’t define you; it doesn’t say everything about who you are or what you are capable of accomplishing. This is why, well it is an important part of your college academics, it isn’t everything.
Thanks for reading! Do you agree with my reasons for why your GPA matters and doesn’t? Share your thoughts with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart