This weekend has been spent cramming for tests and finishing projects. Professors tend to follow the same schedule, which results in having at least three tests in one week. I’ve been observing the correlation between stress levels and GPA lately, and I realized the obvious — the higher your GPA, the more stressed you are.
But why is a GPA so important? What do you get when you make a 4.0? Satisfaction and confidence are of course results to working hard. But I’ve talked to a multiple professionals and professors and all say that no employer has asked them about their GPA.
This made me think. What do employers look for? I’ve always thought that a high GPA could set you apart from everyone else. It turns out that employers look at your extracurriculars most. Are you involved in anything on campus or are you too busy studying to make A’s on your tests?
Though it’s possible to balance a perfect GPA and hold high rankings in extracurriculars and organizations, it’s not for the faint of heart. I have battled for perfection before and failed. This semester I have been trying something different; I have joined clubs and become more involved in the newspaper. Grades are still important to me, but it’s incredible how much more I’m learning about my major by applying it to my extracurriculars rather than just filling in the bubbles of a scantron.
By joining clubs and organizations, I have made so many friends that I would have never met otherwise. Stress is still a factor in my life, but it’s become manageable. Because of this decision, I am setting myself apart from other applicants and now have multiple professors who can recommend me to employers.