15 Reasons Your GPA Isn't *That* Important In The Real World

Believe me, I know the stress of finals and getting good grades is beyond real. Failing a project feels like the end of the world as you know it, or at least your GPA. But I’m here to tell you that even those you struggled in school can be successful. If you don’t take my word for it, take his.
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I’m well aware that George W. Bush wasn’t the most popular President, but in just a few sentences, he makes a really great point. Your GPA doesn’t define who you are and what you can do. I got good grades all throughout school, but not once was I asked during a job interview about my GPA. In fact, I distinctly remember talking about my leadership roles as part of my sorority for a good twenty minutes at the interview where I landed my first full time job. Instead of asking how much information I can memorize for a test, my employer wanted to know how I worked with other people and dealt with curveballs.
To make it clear, I’m not saying to go around chanting “C’s get degrees” and slacking off for the remainder of your college years. I’m also not bashing on students with a 4.0 – seriously, you worked hard and proved that you’re willing to put in the work to obtain something you care about. GPAs aren’t worthless…especially if you plan on furthering your education after undergrad. I am saying that sometimes the full extent of your knowledge doesn’t present itself through an exam or a research paper. Once you get into the real world, it’s a whole new game. Here’s proof your GPA doesn’t determine your future.
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1. The list of successful people who got bad grades in school includes John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Thomas Edison.

2. Some of the most successful people in the world didn’t even finish school. Don’t believe me? Ask Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the youngest female billionaire in the world, Elizabeth Holmes…they all dropped out.

3. There’s no college class that teaches you how to deal with crazy coworkers.

4. Internships give you a lot more hands-on experience in your field than sitting in a liberal learning class does.

5. You don’t have to be the brightest bulb to come up with a million dollar idea.

6. Do you remember your high school GPA? Probably not. Your college GPA will disappear from your brain the same way after a couple years out of school.

7. Networking can land you a job much more quickly than a number on a résumé can.

8. Good grades don’t mean you can manage your time well…

9. …Or apply your knowledge to real world situations…

10. …or articulate your opinions and ideas.

11. Google doesn’t pay attention to GPA when hiring.

12. Those who succeed with ease their entire life never learn how to overcome obstacles.

13. Maybe you got the question wrong on the exam, but you’ll probably remember the right answer much longer after those who got it correct.

14. Age doesn’t equal maturity, so why should grades equal intelligence?

15. I haven’t used calculus in six years.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by none other than Albert Einstein (who also struggled in school):
“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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