According to Study Breaks, this article isn’t to say that academic success isn’t important. It is important since learning as much as you possibly can during your undergraduate years of college is why you’re probably in college in the first place. Plus, despite what your slacker friends have tried to convince, graduate schools definitely care about how well you did in your classes.
Almost every student on campus frets about their GPA, either wanting to maintain their average score or improve it, which can lead to unhealthy amounts of stress and lower self-esteem. Still, your grade point average isn’t the most important thing in the world, so you shouldn’t treat it as such.
Eventually, whether it’s the moment you graduate or five years down the road, your GPA will inevitably become less important. Here are five things that are more important than your GPA.
General well being – Whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual, your general health matters a lot more than your GPA. Allowing classes to stress you out to the point of being sick most likely won’t improve your grades, and even if it somehow does, the extra burden is not worth the hassle. If you are struggling in general, a higher GPA is unlikely to make you feel better, even in the long run.
Once on social media, I saw a post that said something along the lines of “Pain is temporary, GPA is forever,” which couldn’t be further from the truth. While pushing yourself in school is important, equal attention should be given to taking care of your health. Your well-being matters more than society wants you to believe and in order to make this your truth, you have to be willing to place yourself higher up on your list of priorities than your GPA.