College Is More Than A GPA — So Don’t Stress Too Much About Your Grades

When I attended college, my thoughts were so enthralled in passing all my classes. Yes, I socialized and did other things than study while in college, but my main focus was my classes. After college was over, I realized that there was so much more to explore on campus (and even off campus) than I had given credit for.

Academics go beyond your GPA.

There are so many things to do while attending college. You make new friends, learn new things, plan for the future, and more, but remember that your grade point average isn’t the only thing that will set you up with a career later in life. Attend an event that goes beyond the college campus and reaches out into the surrounding community. Become a volunteer to someone or something in need. A textbook is not the only thing that will expand your knowledge while in school.

Grades are important, but so is your health.

Don’t get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the college life and forget to take care of yourself. You need to remember that you are human and you deserve a break, too — not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. College can be very draining, especially mentally. Remember to take care of yourself and not put so much emphasis into one area of your college career.


The friends you make may be for life.

This isn’t always true, as people come from all over the country and even world to attend certain colleges, so a relationship beyond college may be tough — but sometimes it works out. Technology has made all sorts of advances and it makes it easier to keep in touch with others. College may be temporary, but the people you meet may have a lasting impression on you, or vice versa, so focus some of your attention on building relationships outside of your academics.

Not everyone has the same interests as you.

It’s okay to discover who you are as a person. Not everything you do has to be with somebody else, or in specific field. College is a time to discover and you won’t be able to find yourself if you are always with others. Give yourself a little space and allow time alone. Find your own interests before becoming interested in what others are doing. Don’t just follow the crowd.

Change your mind and change it again.

Like I said, college is a time to find out who you are and what you like. You may be certain that you want to do one thing with your life, but when you set foot on campus, your thoughts may have changed. That’s okay. You’re allowed to change your mind. You want to be certain that what you are spending time (and money) on in college is something you could be happy doing for the foreseeable future. If you can’t see yourself happy in your chosen career, then change it. Change it until you find something that makes you so passionate you can hardly contain your excitement.

Don’t become discouraged if college isn’t what you thought it would be.

I faced this while attending school. Turns out, college was a little harder than I thought. Balancing everything wasn’t as easy as it was in high school, and the professors tended to be a little less forgiving. It’s okay to be disappointed. It’s okay to transfer colleges. It’s even okay to drop out (temporarily or permanently). College isn’t where your career necessarily stops or starts, and if it’s not for you, then it’s not for you. You can always try to attend college later in life if that’s what you decide to do, or even never at all. Not all careers require a college degree, and frankly, college isn’t for everybody.

Remember, college is what you make it. It takes you to make your college experience what you want. Nobody else is going to do it for you. I hope that these things will help you to concentrate on some things other than your GPA while going to school.

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