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Do Grades Matter in College? Plz Help. Confused transfer student

nabilsyed0nabilsyed0 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in College Life
I go to UC Davis in CA and i am a transfer student from a community college. This is my first quarter here and after hearing different advice from everybody about what's important to accomplish in college I am really confused

I am a Managerial Economics major but i am not a hundred percent sure what I want to do as a career yet. I am a VERY sociable person, I am very good at starting a conversation with anybody regardless of the situation. So I don't think communication skills are going to be a problem. I was intially thinking of maybe doing Finance or Accounting but I do not want to sit on a computer or do paperwork the whole day. So now im leaning more towards maybe Marketing, Human Resources or maybe an administrative job.

I haven't done any internships yet. The only jobs I've had were at fry's electronics and a banker at wells Fargo for a summer job

I am pretty sure that i want to go on to grad school ( maybe get a MBA ) but like i said Im not a hundred percent sure yet. I most likely will because everybody has a bachelors degree these days and i've heard that employers look for prospective employees who have further education.

There is only so much time in the day. What should i focus on? How important are internships compared to grades? Should i join a fraternity? ( Even though it seems all they do is party and waste time doing stuff for the fraternity. Not to mention the enormous costs). I am only going to be here for a little more than 2 years so I want to make the most out of this opportunity

Any and all comments/advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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Replies to: Do Grades Matter in College? Plz Help. Confused transfer student

  • Cens10Cens10 Posts: 732Registered User Member
    GPA is extremely important, especially if you want to go to grad school. You have to find a way to balance internships and school, and if you can't handle internships and schools alone, there is no reason to add a fraternity to the situation.
  • sopranokittysopranokitty Posts: 1,450Registered User Senior Member
    Grades are extremely important. If you go below a 2.0 GPA, you'll be put on academic probation, and if you go under a 1.5 GPA, you'll be subject to disqualification. Your schoolwork comes first.
  • nabilsyed0nabilsyed0 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    I had a 3.5 in community college but its a lot harder at university because of the quarter system. I forsure won't get below a 2.0. I meant like does it matter if i have a 3.0 and someone else has a 3.5

    Also should i join clubs? There is a finance and investment club on campus that seems really interesting and i was thinking of joining that. And the point of joining a fraternity would be to network so it'd be easier for me to find a job once i graduated
  • aigiqinfaigiqinf Posts: 4,006Registered User Senior Member
    I meant like does it matter if i have a 3.0 and someone else has a 3.5

    Yes, of course it will be a consideration.

    If you're considering graduate school (you mentioned an MBA), your GPA needs to be at least a 3.0.

    One thing that's going to be important: unless you're school is weird, your community college GPA will not count toward your GPA at your university. As a result, one bad semester can really screw your final GPA and the GPA that goes on your resume.
  • DJpsu2015DJpsu2015 Posts: 811Registered User Member
    If you want grad school as an option, then definitely aim for a good gpa (3.5+). Some entry-level jobs, I would think, would actually require to maintain a solid gpa for the recruiters to even consider you for the position, but I'm not exactly too knowledgable in this area. From what I've read, for a top MBA program, experience counts. If you have both experience and good grades, then you should have a solid chance at your desired program. It's all about balancing both. You're good at communication skills, so that's a great start.
  • ppmhotcocoappmhotcocoa Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    Always aim for that high gpa!!
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