Stop Obsessing Over Grades: How to Let Go and Just Learn

Stop Obsessing Over Grades: How to Let Go and Just Learn
Stop Obsessing Over Grades: How to Let Go and Just Learn
Grades can quickly become an obsession for college students: they’re what can make or break your chances of getting an internship, into grad school or even a job in a competitive field. You don’t have a lot of time to retake courses, let alone the budget to stay in school an extra semester. And though we don’t like to admit, good grades give you a better sense of self-worth, confidence and accomplishment, while bad grades can leave you feeling dejected, ashamed, guilty or hopeless. But college isn’t all about grades: it’s about acquiring the skills you need to create a career path that satisfies your intellectual curiosity and helps you contribute in valuable ways to your chosen field.

Letting go of grades may be harder or easier depending on your campus culture and your group of friends. If everyone’s trying to sneak a peek at classmates’ grades, or if your friends are always talking about grades, you’ll have to make a concerted effort to drop out the conversation, even refusing to participate if it comes to that. The fact is, your grades and your academic performance is nobody’s business but your own. If you’re worried about how your scores will affect your overall class grade or your success in the field, talk with an advisor or your mentor, who should be able to give you real-world perspective on your potential vs. how other students have performed in the class before, your unique skills, and what it takes to get a job or an internship. Speaking with a professor will also help you consider the subject in a more academic, intellectually stimulating way, which hopefully will feed your curiosity and enhance your interest in the topic. If you wallow or stress by yourself, it will be hard to think about anything other than the number or letter.

Do some research and find books, articles or even movies that relate to the class you’re having trouble with, and try to read or watch them for your own personal enjoyment and learning. Understanding how a discipline has evolved and continues to affect people and industries will give you a deeper but also more practical appreciation its worth, and also help you understand your own feelings about the subject. You’re in college to prepare for a job, but that doesn’t mean you have to make straight As. Educating yourself so that you can contribute to the world in a unique and genuine way is the only way you’ll be happy with your academic experience in college, so try to let go and just learn.
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