Gpa Vs Grades

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“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value,” says Albert Einstein. Often with the idea of success in mind, many students, especially those with honors courses and classes, tend to strive for perfect grades and straight A’s assuming that a great future awaits. But do perfect grades and GPA really matter, and how significant are the benefits straight A's provide compared to average grades? To begin with, you may not always get what you wish for, but you do however get what you work for. Some jobs examine your GPA for certain skills, while on the contrary, other jobs simply look for experience and leadership. For an example, high GPA, typically 4.0-3.5, is heavily required by jobs relating to, “-finance, tech,…show more content…
Otherwise, I learned from Mrs. Kwon that in truth, a book named “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell describes that there is a certain threshold, a point where you could be intelligent enough that improvement is practically pointless. Very similar to basketball, it was explained that the height of 6’1 is clearly preferred than 6’, with 6’2 over 6’1, and 6’3 rather than 6’2 and so on. But eventually there’s a point even higher heights may not be much more of an advantage because it is already good enough. This concept can be applied to grades as well, where only a specific grade you are aiming for is all that matters. Even though grades may determine your amount of success, achievements and what you are capable of, considering the quote by Einstein, “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value,” perhaps finding value in the “good enough” set of grades and providing for others as much or even more than a “perfect A” student, can be simply an achievement itself that’s just as pleasing. Benefits you are able to provide the world in return are with more options the higher your grades are, but doesn’t necessarily have a bigger impact. Ultimately, outstanding grades can expand your limits, but how you put your grades to use, besides from money, but the knowledge
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