Grades Lose Their Value in College

Whattttt? Yes, indeed it’s true.

As I weed my way through college, one thing in particular has become painstakingly obvious to me; the notion that, “grades are everything,” is extremely far off in college.

“Adults” —teachers, parents, mentors, advisors— have been drilling the importance of grades into my head for as long as I can remember and yet, the longer I pursue my academic career, the more skeptical I become.

Why is it that for all of elementary, middle and high school, I was told that good grades were the key to my success, and now that I am in college, I am being told a different story? I guess going to college was the extent of that success they were speaking about. But what now?

Now that I’m in college, all I hear is networking, networking, networking. It would have been nice if someone taught me, or even mentioned, networking before I got to college, the place where networking is apparently the key to success; not grades.