Going gaga over grades?

Anyone else notice that the McGill PR diploma grades are up in Minerva? … Great! Now moving right along…

I used to be fixated on getting good grades in grade school, and even in my undergrad, thinking that a numeric or alpha grade was the measurement of my success. Since deciding to go back to school through the School of Continuing Studies (formerly known as Continuing Education), I’ve had a complete change of attitude toward the importance of grades. I attribute this change to a variety of personal factors: having confidence in my academic abilities (I’ve had years of experience of staying within the same grade margin) and a lack of time and energy to dedicate to grade-obsession are factors which have contributed to my general grade-apathy.

I wish! I guess...

Still (and without detecting a decrease in ambition), why don’t I place much importance on grades anymore?

I’ve realized through my recent diploma that no matter what grades you get (and I certainly haven’t gotten perfect scores), your success should be measured by the experiences and skills cultivated from working, whether it be from an individual essay or a group project, rather than by the grades you get.

I recently attended a McGill Young Alumni networking event where all four of the distinguished keynote speakers said, in one way or another, that the most important results from your schooling are the precious transferable skills you’ll acquire through doing the work. What you’ve gained as a student in terms of coping skills, your ability to deal diplomatically with others, and your written and oral communication skills are the real measures of current and future success.

Here’s a great article called “The 9 things that matter more than GPA” that I recently picked up on the LinkedIn news that provides further insight on how getting the grade isn’t what school’s really about.

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