My son just finished his freshman year and maintained a very high GPA at Cal Poly in engineering. While academic performance is very important, what it took to achieve a near 4.0 GPA was not worth it.
Real life requires you to fail. College is your last chance to learn, experiment and fail with limited consequences. You will never have this level of freedom again.
Be keenly aware that the next few years in college will be your life. How do you want to experience it? It can be a blur of focused study and wasted anxiety over maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Or you can make it one of the most memorable learning experiences of your life. I suggest that you strive to learn the value of team work, networking, relationship building, having fun, laughing and enjoying the most formative academic years you will ever have.
Employers and grads schools expect good academic performance. However, in addition to brains they want mature, well-rounded human beings that know how to fail gracefully and how to learn from that failure.
The new goal should be the acquisition of applicable knowledge and human experience. Something that Cal Poly is uniquely qualified to offer compared to other schools.
Last edited by OsakaDad; 07-15-2012 at 02:12 PM.