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Should You Care About Your College GPA?

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We spend our entire high school career (OK, maybe just our junior year) worrying about SAT and ACT scores GPAs and all kinds of other acronyms that seem to run our lives and control our future. We spend months and months applying to schools of our choice with anticipation of hearing back with the positive news of acceptance and continuous hopes and prayers that the letters in the mail are anything but rejection letters. Finally we go on to college and struggle to get good grades in order to become important assets of the working world.

After all the hard work, we walk across the stage and achieve the milestone of a college degree, feeling accomplished and rightly so as our education is truly one of the most important things we can invest in and a degree is definitely something to be proud of. Yet, when we apply for jobs after graduation, we find that we are presented with the question, "Will employers think that my school wasn't good enough?" For some of us whose favorite acronym was not GPA, we are also presented with the wonder, "Will my employers look at my GPA?"

For the most part, the answers to these questions are simple nos across the board - with some exceptions. If you are planning to apply to graduate school, then yes; it does matter what your GPA was. Most graduate schools, depending on the school and field of study want GPAs anywhere from 2.5 to a 3.0 or higher. Some fields, even if you are not applying to graduate school, will look at your GPA, but this is very unlikely since (for most people) your first job right out of college will either only look at the fact that you have your degree or will be a leveled position for someone who just graduated from college with little experience. At that point, it will not matter where you went to school or what your grades were, and once you succeed at that position, it will probably never matter as you will prove yourself as a working professional in the field and be looked upon now by your experiences and references as well as your education. That being said, it doesn't hurt to be able to place a higher GPA on a resume (and it feels good, also).

Now, if you are planning on applying to law or medical school after graduation, then yes, your GPA and possibly where you went to school, will matter to some extent. There are also many great law and medical schools that you can still get into if your GPA isn't perfect, as long as you also have good scores on your LSAT and MCAT (more fun acronyms). Your future employer will probably look at your medical or law school grades, but once you pass the BAR in your state or the USMLE, it can make a huge difference.

The point? All we can do is our best. The right opportunities will come along for us, and they will be the right ones for us. So do your best; the right school, the right grades and the right career will be yours.
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