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?
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.