Do Grades Matter?

School may not be loved by all, or many, but you go to school to learn, not just to take tests in order to receive a letter that “validates” your intelligence. Grades only matter as much as you let them. The only ‘real’ reason that grades matter is college. High school is really just four long years of proving your intelligence to colleges through academic performance. This makes grades matter on a personal level, as the majority of students plan to attend a college or university after graduating from high school, and prestigious colleges consider grades and GPA highly. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to attend an elite school to be successful later in life and that colleges also consider factors besides grades when considering applicants.

So, for the majority of us, yes, grades do matter. Even so, grades aren’t everything. That one C you got in a course one time doesn’t mean you’re not intelligent, and it definitely won’t cause a huge negative impact on the rest of your life. It’s important to try your best, but grades shouldn’t be the most influential factor in your life. We work hard to earn good grades because we’re investing in our future--so we can attend a good college or university and get a good job afterwards. Plan for the future, but also remember to enjoy the present.