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 their college career and their focus on GPA. Don’t discount it, it matters, but help your student to think about some other qualities that will help them succeed — and that will serve them well as they look for a job and navigate their career.