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What I Wish I Could Tell My Freshman Self Now

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Why Your GPA Matters

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Hello Students!

 

College is an exciting experience, and you want to make sure you do the best you can academically to prepare as well as when you’re in college. One of the major things colleges look for is a good grade point average (GPA). As a graduating college senior, I know how important a GPA can be for your future. Your GPA is the calculated average of the letter grades you earn in school, based on a 4.0 scale.  Each letter grade is designated to a number and the scale is as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.

 

Your GPA is important for the following reasons:

  • In high school, your GPA can make you eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in your junior and senior years, which boosts your GPA even higher.
  • The better your GPA, the better chances you have of getting into the college of your choice.
  • It’s important to keep your GPA high throughout college because it looks good for future jobs.
  •  If you plan on pursing higher education after you graduate college, it may be required to have a certain GPA, so keep it high.
  •  High GPA’s can be a determining factor when receiving scholarships.

Remember, your GPA can make a huge difference in your future! Make sure you work hard and always maintain a good GPA.  Also, make sure you have fun while doing it!


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Staying Focused My Freshman Year

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Freshman year in college is an exciting time of living on your own for the first time, meeting new people and being in a new environment. My freshman year was all about adjustment and seeing what worked best for me. I tested my schedules and course loads. I became acquainted with the campus and living on my own for the first time. It was an exciting yet nervous time for me. I didn’t get involved in any clubs or activities my freshman year. I strictly kept it to school only, so I didn’t become overwhelmed. Although I wasn’t active in any clubs, I did meet other students, some who are my good friends until this very day.  For your freshman year, I suggest testing the waters for your first semester—seeing what schedule works best for you, learning how you study best, and getting familiar with the campus. I would also start exploring the different clubs and activities that the campus offers so by your second semester, you know what you want to join. Also, stay focused and strive for the best grades possible even though it is your first year in college. The grades you achieve in your freshman year will affect the grades for the rest of your academic career.  So stay focused, driven and have fun while making the most out of your freshman year in college!


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What I Wish I Could Tell My Freshman Self Now

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Freshman year is a time of discovery and adjustment. It’s your first year in college and you’re trying to figure out the college life.  There is a lot of opportunity available that every student should explore. When I was a freshman I didn’t take advantage of everything that I could to get involved. Not only that, but my academic habits could have been stronger. If I could go back and give advice to my freshman self, I would tell myself to seize every opportunity and work hard in earning the best GPA possible. You should do well every year of your college career and get involved from the start—it truly matters once you graduate!


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