Attending college provides numerous opportunities, whether you seek a new career, plan to pursue a graduate degree, or simply want to learn more about the world around you. Whatever your reason for continuing your education is, earning high grades in your studies gives you a high chance of achieving those goals.
While grades alone won’t decide whether you land a certain job, they’re an important consideration for employers. Achieving high marks while earning your degree shows dedication and hard work -- invaluable traits for anyone seeking a well-paying occupation. If you and another applicant have comparable experience, the tiebreaker could be your college grades. While extracurricular activities and other considerations are important, grades can ultimately decide your employment fate.
Excellent academic achievement in college is required to get into most graduate degree programs -- even if you don't aim for a top-tier institution like Harvard or Yale. Grades are not the only factors in admissions decisions; extracurricular involvement, internships, test scores and interviews also affect whether you’ll be accepted. Without good grades, though, gaining entrance into the graduate program becomes much more difficult.
To earn good grades, you will probably have to log countless hours of studying, reading, essay writing and other tedious tasks. Doing so might not be the most fun at the time, but the process provides several useful skills, including time management, group leadership and other organizational skills. Establishing and participating in study groups, for example, improves your organizational skills and provides social interaction. Writing a paper over time teaches you to balance several tasks within a limited amount of time.
Doing well in school can provide mental and personal benefits in addition to potential workforce and educational advantages. Achieving in college can be a highly rewarding experience, and those who get good grades can gain an increased sense of confidence from completing a task as challenging as earning a degree. This experience stands out in interviews, on your resume in the form of grades and during your everyday life.
Bobby Malec has been reporting on a scope of topics since 2008. His work has been featured in five regional publications of Sun Newspapers along Florida's Suncoast. Malec is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of South Florida.