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Is it worth it to have a perfect GPA?

I am able to sustain perfect grades only when I am sacrificing all my time and patience. It is very exhausting. How can I make my GPA work for me?

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Thank you comment icon Hi Andrei! Good question. Having a perfect GPA is definitely worth it when you receive that acceptance/ scholarship letter in the mail from your dream school, believe me. However, it's important to keep in mind that your GPA alone will not get you there. Extracurriculars, SAT scores, internships, summer programs, and volunteering are just as crucial. Also, make sure you're taking care of yourself. Get 8 hours of sleep a night and make sure you're eating well. Make time to live! It's all about striking that balance between your academic and social life. Stay focused and dedicated. Start strong and finish strong, you can do it! Mireia

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Divya’s Answer

Hi Andrei,

Firstly depends on your goal.
Since you are focusing on getting a perfect GPA I assume you have a purpose in your mind. once you know the purpose evaluate if it is worth putting your entire effort on it (which is draining you currently ). If your purpose to achieve the goal is the only thing you have in your mind for yourself then I would suggest to still to continuing with you perfect score and find an alternative to make it less stressful while you are in the process. Like find a couple of activity that can help you unwind and get relaxed . the activity can be even for a 30 mins time in entire day but it could make a lot of difference. dedicate this mins for thing that can completely unwind you. You can choose this time for creative activity or just some breathing exercise.

If the perfect GPA is just part of your self interest and you are okay to go away with it then you could manage your time based on your interest.
Of all I suggest do not forget to enjoy what you do! The more you love what you do the more its learning stays with you. A perfect GPA will help you for a year however a happy learning will help you for rest of your life
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Maria’s Answer

This issue may be more common than we think. My daughter takes advance classes and gets All A's, only to have a mental breakdown. We never knew that she felt she had to be all about her work, even when it would take her until 2am to get it all done. I think know that I have lived this I would recommend to always know when you are taking on too much, when you sacrifice the good things in life that enjoy, I would say it may be time to take a break. Talking to a psychologist may be best also to be able to make sure the decisions and feeling you are having are safe for yourself. You are doing great, but you cant be the best you if you are stressed out.
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Rebecca’s Answer

I would argue "no". Here's why:

1) Logistically, having a 4.0 means spending little to no time on things other than your academics (cooking, staying active and healthy, spending time with friends, joining extracurriculars, having a job). In this way, you limit the diversity of your resume and miss an opportunity to show your skills other than your academic ability.

2) Putting the pressure on yourself to achieve "perfection" will cause an excessive amount of stress, which will make it harder for you to focus and achieve that 4.0. It is a better use of your time and energy to get a 3.6 or even a 3.0 while enjoying your experience to the fullest.

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Sam’s Answer

Hello Andrei,

The answer really depends on your situation.

For example, if you are able to pay for college on your own without scholarships then all you need is a B or better for your GPA and do internships/co-ops to gain work experience. You should have no problem finding a job once you graduate because, to companies, it's all about work experience.

On the other hand, if you are dependant on scholarships or student loans to pay for college, then you are required to meet the minimum GPA requirements of the scholarship or student loan (among the other requirements).

My advice is to avoid scholarships altogether because of the situation that you are in: you spend all of your time studying and trying to be "the best" and no time enjoying your life. For a lot of people, college is the best time of their life because there is so much to do and see and explore and participate in IF YOU HAVE THE TIME.
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Savannah’s Answer

Hi!! alot of people have that problem, me included. All you need to do is always find a few minutes everyday ad just do something for yourself. You should go out and have some fun with your friends every once in a while but also work on your work. You should have a good balance between school and your social life. Whatever your GPA is going to be good and you don't need to stress at the time to be prefect. You seem like you get good grades and you are a good student so don't stress as much, you got this!
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