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How important GPA is

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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.

Is Highest GPA biased by gender?

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According to The Alliance Review, playing up excellent college grades won’t necessarily help a woman seeking a job — and might actually hurt, according to new research from Ohio State University.

Natasha Quadlin, the assistant professor of sociology, set out to determine how much academic performance matters to employers, and especially whether that’s different by gender. Her results will appear in the April issue of the journal American Sociological Review.

She found, after submitting fake applications for real entry-level jobs, that employers were much less likely to call back a female candidate with a very high grade-point average than a woman who had slightly less impressive grades.

Men who majored in math and earned the highest GPAs were called back three times as often as high-achieving women math majors, liquor stores.

Past research has found that high-achieving women suffer what Quadlin called a “competence-likeability trade-off,” and are unable to be viewed as both at the same time. “Men can simultaneously be judged to be powerful but still be beloved,” she said. From a survey of hiring managers, Quadlin found that employers gave an edge to female candidates perceived as likable. The most successful men were seen as competent and committed.

Quadlin sent out 2,106 fictional applications to 1,053 job openings across the country for general, entry-level positions. Gender was signaled by the first name; she picked names that were among the top five baby names for the mid-1990s in each region. Surnames were common and didn’t signal race or ethnicity.

She used a random number generator to assign a college GPA somewhere between 2.50 (C-plus or B-minus average) and 3.95 (solid A average). The fictional applicants all majored in English, business or mathematics at large, moderately selective public universities.

The resumes were extremely similar, including the same number of extracurricular activities and past work experience. Overall, 12.9 percent got calls back on their applications, either with invitations to interview or to call to learn more about the job. The callback rates between men and women were nearly the same.