How Important is Your GPA?

In high school, your GPA was always very important and something that most students would stress over. In college, however, the GPA is not as stressed as it was in high school, as there are so many other things for you to stress over. In high school, your GPA might have been the deciding figure on which college you would be able to get into it. As you age and gain more personal skills your GPA becomes less important.


Your freshman year in college is usually a period of transition. You may be living on your own for the first time, doing your own laundry, making your own money. These things are hard to adjust to and students in their first year of college tend to not do as well as they would like. This fact is not something to stress over, as you will have many chances to raise your GPA over the next four years.


One reason to maintain your GPA in college is that if you have any grants or scholarships, these are usually based on your GPA. If you let your GPA fall, then you may lose any scholarships that you have and you may not be able to renew them. Even if you do not receive any awards, you will want to maintain your GPA above a 2.5. Most college graduates do not have a lot of on the job experience and a good GPA will boost your resume in interviews. A good GPA will insure that future employers will see that you had academic ability and were committed to your education. Personal discipline and commitment are they types of qualities that employers look for in students.


If your GPA is not as high as you would like or is low, then you will want to market yourself differently to future employers. You will want to show them your skills and abilities and how you can relate to the position you are applying for. If you had specific circumstances in your college career that affected your GPA, you may want to explain your circumstances in your interview.


Over time your GPA will be less important and you will not include it on your resume anymore. Your GPA becomes less important as you gain work experience and age.

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