It’s my first semester of college. I started off really motivated, doing really well. My friend’s dad basically told her and all of her siblings to study and make good grades their first semester because it’s hard to recover from a bad GPA. I told myself to start strong and finish strong. I have not tanked. I’ve been getting perfect grades on homework and assignments. Averaging about a 90 on quizzes and exams. This last past week or two, I’ve had a social stressor. I got a 91.5 on my first Spanish exam, I just got a 72 on my last one. I’m not cutting myself a break. It was not because the material was any harder but because I didn’t do due diligence. My writing quiz has weekly quizzes (the lowest two quizzes get dropped if you don’t miss class). I got a 70 on last week’s quiz. It was the 4th quiz and it was 17 points lower than my prior lowest quiz. Completely unacceptable.
Mixed with what’s going on in my social life, I’m losing my sense of purpose. Originally, my goal was to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I know it might be possible that I wouldn’t but I told myself to aim for that, and to aim for Dean’s list every semester. I’m a Journalism major. What I basically have been told the past few weeks is that experience matters far more than your GPA. I already knew that experience could trump GPA but I always thought your GPA was still important. But people are saying that as long as you have a 3.0 (which doesn’t sound so hard), you’ll do well. I don’t see the point in those As or dean’s list. And I know it’s good to catch myself in this funk right now because right now, it’s not a real problem. It’s very easy to recover from that one exam, that one quiz. But if I can’t find a point in what I’m doing, I can’t bounce back.
Can anyone give me a reason as to why a high GPA is important. I see its benefits if you’re going into say engineering, finance, medicine or if you’re applying to grad school but none of those things are for me. (Grad school is a small possibility but it’s not a definite.)