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Grades, are they still important?

 

Elizabeth Syvanen

Above: A student from Pine Bluffs High School researches for a school project.

Being someone who grew up around people who take grades very seriously, I was taught from an early age that grades are important.

Good grades open many more doors and they affect your life directly out of high school whether you're going into college or not.

I believe that grades not only show intelligence, but effort. You can be terrible at math, but with enough studying you can get a decent grade. Being in high school, I'm around mindsets of all sorts. Some students care so much to the point where they need to get perfect grades. Some only care as much to make sure that their grades are enough to graduate.

My advice is that you should always care. However, don't let a bad grade define you. Maybe you aren't good at math (neither am I) and you might have to try twice as hard, but it is worth it.

Some of the best advice I've heard when it comes to grades is that they matter for both your career and your personal image. They allow you to take pride in something that has substance. From my experience, people with lower grades tend to have self-esteem issues.

Again, don't let a bad grade define you. Work hard and turn things around. Kudos, and with only about 40 days of school left, best of luck to all of my peers out there! As the saying by Zig Ziglar goes, 'if you are not willing to learn, no one can teach you, but if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.'

 

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