Grade Point Average represents the average academic performance of a particular period of time.

My junior GPA is 3.6.

My first-year GPA is 2.8.

It makes sense that schools and parents obsess with your GPA. That is an important indicator that if you are doing well in school and, maybe, just maybe, you will do well in life.

And that’s all I want to say about GPA for the extrinsic reason. What does GPA represent to a student like you?

I coach students and help them to overcome academic difficulties. They hate to look at their GPAs, and they hate when people judge them by their GPAs. I told them, people don’t judge you based on your GPA. People judged you before your GPA, and GPA results from that judgment on your academic performance. If you do not have a good GPA, it’s not 100% your fault but mainly your fault. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you asked your teacher how to fix your GPA?
  • Have you asked around and ask people how they raise their GPA?
  • Have you spent enough time and do your due diligence as an active learning member in each class?
  • Did you pick a class that you are not interested in or too challenging?
  • When you see a “D” on your assignment, do you talk to someone to seek improvement before the next assignment?
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An athlete who spends time training might not be the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) but will certainly not perform poorly. Your GPA represents your ability to manage your role as a student in an environment where learning progress is being graded.

Nothing more.