Everybody I know who graduated college did well. People who were inherently poor at school generally never went to college. Thus, I do not know anyone who went to college but did a mediocre job, nobody who just ‘barely’ got their degree.
Well, except for one person- me.
Let me put it this way- ever since I’ve transfered to State college, I have never gotten an ‘A’ in any of my clases. I did pretty well in Junior college, having a 3.5 most of the way, but those classes were a crapload easier and in fact I’m kicking myself for not working harder since I probably could have gotten more or less straight A’s if I wasn’t so friggin lazy.
But state college is a lot harder than junior college. And though I am passing most of my classes I am not doing phenominal by any stretch of the imagination. Most classes I get C’s in. The occasional class which I enjoy or work my ass off on I can pull a B, but that sought-after A has still eluded me. I sometimes hear about people talking about the first semester ‘they got straight A’s’. I’m still waiting to talk about the first semester I even got ONE A.
It has me concerned for two reasons- One, I’ve been spending a year unsuccessfully trying to break out of bad habits, laziness, procrastination, etc. Each semester I get a little more organized, a little more motivated, but the grades don’t change. I work with other students, do tutoring, talk to the instructors during office hours, do EVERYTHING I am supposed to, but still do poorly. The other reason I am concerned is when I (eventually) graduate, who would want to hire someone with a BA who had a GPA of 2.X? A ‘C’ grade, while supposedly meaning ‘average’ has such negative connotations to many people. In many cases, a ‘C’ doesn’t seem any better than an ‘F’. I’ve taken so many units even if I got straight A’s from here on out it would not pull my GPA up to 3.0.
Maybe I should have taken all my classes on a pass/fail system