Throughout high school, your student worried about his GPA in order to gain admission to college. Throughout college, students worry about their GPA in order to get a good job, make Dean’s List (or maybe to avoid academic probation), or to graduate with honors.
Grades matter. They always have, and they will continue to matter for the foreseeable future. Testing matters, extracurricular activities matter, internships matter. Whether your student is in high school looking at college admission or in college looking toward a career, there are many factors that come into play.
In spite of the importance of all of the many factors that students must balance as they participate in school, we’d like to suggest seven qualities that will serve college students well. They are certainly not the only important characteristics that will help your student succeed, but they are a foundation. Talk to your student about his college career and his focus on GPA. Don’t discount it, it matters, but help him to think about some other qualities that will help him succeed – and that will serve him well as he looks for a job and as he navigates his career.