If you’re anything like me, grades are probably pretty important to you. Ever since grade school, I always find myself trying to get the highest score on every assignment that I can; grades have always mattered a great deal to me. But, over the course of my time at OSU so far, I’ve come to realize something: grades aren’t everything.
There are so many opportunities in college that exist beyond your actual classes. Whether it be studying abroad, volunteering, working a campus job or just simply making friends, there are almost endless possibilities. Thinking about all of these ways to make the most of college, I have come to realize that when I graduate three years from now, if all I had to show for my undergraduate career was a high GPA, I would (gasp) actually be really disappointed. OSU offers students so many amazing ways to get involved; if all I did was study and stress the ENTIRE four years, what would I have to show my future students? This is a really new realization for me; like many of you probably have, I have always placed a very heavy emphasis on my GPA. But the fact of the matter is that there are so many other factors of the undergraduate experience that I have to admit a few grades lower than “A” aren’t going to be the end of my career.
Three years from now, I really want to be able to look back on my time at OSU and be satisfied with all of my experiences. If I spend all of my time stressing about grades, though, I won’t be able to do that. Now, this is NOT to say grades aren’t important–because they most certainly are. But they aren’t everything. So, while I have made this realization for myself, I would like to challenge all of you to do some of your own self-reflection. Just imagine that you are graduating tomorrow; would you be happy with ALL of your accomplishments (not just grades) if your time at OSU ended right now? I would like to challenge all of you to look beyond your GPA in terms of involvement; you only get to be an undergraduate student once, so make the most of it! Even my instructors and several faculty members here at OSU have said that grades matter very little in terms of experience; if graduate or professional school is your post-graduation goal, admissions offices will want to see a full resume just as much as a high GPA. So go out there and make the most of our awesome school and all that it offers. You won’t regret it; I sure don’t!