College GPA & Life Success

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    Mar 30, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    As I picture my GPA plummet from its initial high of 3.5 to 3.1 by the end of this semester, and with only 7 more courses left till graduation, I am beginning to question my future prospects and success.

    With that said, I would love to hear other peoples stories and experience.

    -What was your GPA and major?
    -What are your experiences and possible hardships that you had to face?
    -What were your dreams/goals/plans and did you succeed in achieving them?

    I myself started off slow. I went to community college while trying to figure out what is it that I want to do. It took many different courses for me to finally settle on BA with concentration in Accounting. I transferred to a private school, was about 1 1/2 yrs behind my peers but am still motivated to graduate and move on to a brighter future.

    My plans consist of starting off in the accounting field and after gaining experience, branch out into other fields or career paths. One of the things I really want to do at some point is international business (being bi-lingual might benefit me in this area).

    My goals might be a bit ambitious for someone whose college credentials are slowly loosing their value, but its okay to dream and only time will tell what I will accomplish. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    omg, your 3.1 is going to lead u down a path of unemployment and clipping coupons..... you're doooomed.
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    Import saidomg, your 3.1 is going to lead u down a path of unemployment and clipping coupons..... you're doooomed.


    With no work experience, seems so. I'll have to perfect my hand-jobs before I go to hell!
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    What school do you go to... nobody has asked me my gpa as of yet in any of my interviews.. which for the record is 3.04
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    To some employers, when considering new hires fresh out of high school #2 (college), GPA is everything.
    To others, it's "just a number as long as you passed."
    And then you have the 4.0 snobs, but they can go suck a latex mold of their own dick.
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    Import saidomg, your 3.1 is going to lead u down a path of unemployment and clipping coupons..... you're doooomed.
    Honestly, you're not really far off. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    u ever hear the term: "it's not what u know, but who u know.."

    well, that expression has some truth to it.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    Import saidu ever hear the term: "it's not what u know, but who u know.."

    well, that expression has some truth to it.
    It's more like who you're able to meet randomly at a house party.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Import saidu ever hear the term: "it's not what u know, but who u know.."

    well, that expression has some truth to it.
    It's more like who you're able to meet randomly at a house party.


    who's dick are u willing to suck?
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    - 3.8 GPA, Computer Science major. I ended up graduating in 3.5 years. My last semester I took 5 graduate level courses... I would not advise that! Sleep, Eat, Study for 3 months, weekends included!

    - I had zero internship / work experience related to my field leading up to graduating, thus I actually had difficulty finding interviews. I dreaded the whole "job fair" aspect of looking for an internship and was lazy in that department. A defense contractor sought me out and requested an interview. I ended up getting a job offer with them starting one month after graduation. So essentially I got a great job offer in my first interview, yet struggled to convince companies to even offer an interview.

    - During my interviews with the company they evaluated my transcript and discussed some of the classes I took. I'm pretty sure that the GPA helped quite a bit considering my lack of experience. So yes I think GPA is important, but having internships is probably going to help you even more (as long as your GPA isn't abysmal).

    Pertaining to my major in the long run I think I would find animation / game design / graphic design more enjoyable, but I went a route where I knew I would have an easier time gaining experience and a job.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidWhat school do you go to... nobody has asked me my gpa as of yet in any of my interviews.. which for the record is 3.04


    I go to a private, highly reputable, Jesuit (Catholic) Liberal Arts College in Boston.


    Yes I am trying to dodge the question, but a hint might do the trickicon_exclaim.gificon_smile.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Import said
    paulflexes said
    Import saidu ever hear the term: "it's not what u know, but who u know.."

    well, that expression has some truth to it.
    It's more like who you're able to meet randomly at a house party.


    who's dick are u willing to suck?


    Networking is very important and I never fully understood how to do it.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    Import said
    paulflexes said
    Import saidu ever hear the term: "it's not what u know, but who u know.."

    well, that expression has some truth to it.
    It's more like who you're able to meet randomly at a house party.


    who's dick are u willing to suck?
    It depends on how many roofies I got for free.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    S34n05 said- 3.8 GPA, Computer Science major. I ended up graduating in 3.5 years. My last semester I took 5 graduate level courses... I would not advise that! Sleep, Eat, Study for 3 months, weekends included!

    - I had zero internship / work experience related to my field leading up to graduating, thus I actually had difficulty finding interviews. I dreaded the whole "job fair" aspect of looking for an internship and was lazy in that department. A defense contractor sought me out and requested an interview. I ended up getting a job offer with them starting one month after graduation. So essentially I got a great job offer in my first interview, yet struggled to convince companies to even offer an interview.

    - During my interviews with the company they evaluated my transcript and discussed some of the classes I took. I'm pretty sure that the GPA helped quite a bit considering my lack of experience. So yes I think GPA is important, but having internships is probably going to help you even more (as long as your GPA isn't abysmal).

    Pertaining to my major in the long run I think I would find animation / game design / graphic design more enjoyable, but I went a route where I knew I would have an easier time gaining experience and a job.


    Thanks for sharing your story. Maintaining such a high GPA and graduating so early requires a lot of dedication and hard work. I've gone to those "job fairs" you've spoken of and I must say they are very competitive and positions are very few. I already work 30hrs a week and go to school full time, so I wasn't sure how an internship would play into my schedule. I am leaning towards Adm. Assistant or book-keeper job so that I maintain employment while in school and obtain the necessary job experience.

    If I was into computer software, I would absolutely love to work in a gaming industry. You can be creative and see your projects come to fruition! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    I've never applied for a job that uses GPA as a factor in hiring. And on the flipside, I've passed on applicants that are academic studs but lack other non-academic skills.

    Some may disagree, but a 4.0 GPA doesn't guarantee you success in career or life. You need to have the right amount of books smarts and street smarts in order to get ahead in life.
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    3.93, Visual Arts (stupid B+ in that ONE math course FRESHMAN year..)
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    Mar 30, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    3.1 GPA in the USA... there's always unemployment benefits, right? Oh wait... USA... homelessness?

    If it really bothers you, why don't you go get yourself some work experience? Do you work at all now?
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    GPA may be a factor in some fields, but probably not most. The reputation of the school is probably more important to getting an interview. Once you get to talk to someone, the three things that will get you the job are your ability to inspire confidence, the rapport you have with others, and your qualifications.
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    I have a 2.5 and I'm a Biology major... I don't graduate for over a year still, but yeah.
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    Nobody ever asked for my GPA in an interview. I had some real-world work experience while I was still in college, so that opened all the doors for me after that.

    I'll say I'm doing quite well for having an average GPA from a notorious party school.
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    Mar 30, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
    musicbox89 saidAs I picture my GPA plummet from its initial high of 3.5 to 3.1 by the end of this semester, and with only 7 more courses left till graduation, I am beginning to question my future prospects and success.

    With that said, I would love to hear other peoples stories and experience.

    -What was your GPA and major?
    -What are your experiences and possible hardships that you had to face?
    -What were your dreams/goals/plans and did you succeed in achieving them?


    I don't think GPA is going to make or break you, although it does factor into admission to an advanced degree program. If you are headed to the workplace, then I think 99.9% of success in landing a job is in how you present yourself in the interviews. One thing is certain: life is unpredictable, and we often are given opportunities that we never imagined possible.

    I was an Honor student in high school, and ended up in a community college which I hated. So, I dropped out of college at age 19, and went to work full-time in an office setting, with the goal of raising money to pay for university tuition. After 4 years of working, and getting used to having $$, I quit working and went back to school (university this time) as a pre-med biology major. Applied to med school, but then (foolishly) deferred because I worried about taking out med school loans. Went to grad school and earned MS and PhD in molecular biology, then finally went to med school at age 32...lol. So, the path of life is unexpected and occasionally very circuitous!
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    Mar 30, 2012 9:55 AM GMT
    Like others have said, your grades are only one dimension to employers. For accounting - I think you'll find that it's really not as big of a deal - but it's always relative to the people you're competing against - but given that there are so many people who need accountants, I think it's more about persistence than grades. If you have done better in courses that are relevant to the job you're applying to, I would highlight that on your resume next to your GPA (e.g. GPA: 3.1 (Advanced Taxation: 3.icon_cool.gif, etc).

    If you have poor grades, you had better be able to explain it (30hrs a week for work can be a good reason) and you should have a good narrative outside of school - e.g. side interests, passions, etc. e.g. one of my strengths was my interest in small cap investing. I had a fundamentals based approach that I was able to explain which showed things like attention to detail (important for auditing/accounting), and an ability to apply theory.

    As for networking, are there alumni you can speak to? Alternatively or additionally, figure what you want to do, find someone you admire, and call them up and pick their brain and see if they might be able to help you. It sounds a bit crazy and off the wall, but most people are quite receptive when you ask them genuinely for help - and you'll find that quite likely they probably didn't have the best grades when they graduated.

    It might be a good idea anyway to talk to someone about "international business" as that covers a lot of things and it's actually not so different from general business in a lot of ways. I wouldn't limit yourself now in thinking of things you want to do or achieve. I think you'd find that there are far more opportunities than you think - especially if you would consider striking out on your own at some point.

    If you really want to be a keener of sorts, since you're in your last year, you can also do your CFA Level I (Chartered Financial Analyst) unless the rules have changed. It shows initiative and it's an integrated exam of most things that you've learned presumably (you'd want to get something like the Schweser guides which I used way back when). But be forewarned it's really not something you can study for the night before.
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    If your college GPA is less than a 3.0, plan on dying lonely and poor...at least that's what society makes us think.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    I was a triple major/ dual bachlor degree student and had about a 3.7 GPA.
    That said, I don't think you have too much to worry about if your GPA is
    3.1. If you are show a balance in your life through good activities and show diligence with extracuricular activities, I doubt if you will have issues.
    The only exception might be Grad school (or law school).
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:20 PM GMT
    2.1 in Business administration and information technology but ended up being a cabin crew might be going back to school soon for Mba