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Are Grades in School a Reflection of Your Potential Success in Life?

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#51 Jayqwelin

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:39 AM

I think that for most med schools, grades are pretty much at the very bottom of list in regards to importance. They will use low grades as a sifting tool to through handfuls of applicants out, but MCAT, essays, interviews, experience are all much more important than GPA.

 

I think it's different in the United States. In Canada, performance on the MCAT isn't emphasized as much, especially because many schools don't require it (some because they're French, others because meh). Also, our GPA cutoffs tend to be higher. The words of wisdom that I've picked up is to focus focus focus on your GPA which should be your priority because it gets your foot through the door, ie above 85% of all other applicants (the interview stage takes about 50% of the remainder). 

 

Jokes aside, to answer the OP, depending on where you go grades will be used to judge one's potential success in a career.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:20 PM

I know there was some stink recently about degree being tossed around as some sort of huge thing demanding immediate respect or something (which I totally do not think should be the case). The only thing I'll add for now is that I've got a Ph.D., my husband has a high school diploma, and we both have rewarding careers that we enjoy...but most importantly, we have a very happy home. :D That latter point trumps everything for me.



#53 CaptainDantes

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 02:55 PM

...but most importantly, we have a very happy home. :D That latter point trumps everything for me.

:) Exactly. Success means something different to everyone. If you're happy - I'd call that a successful life...unless you enjoy breaking the law, lol

On another note though, I never had the best grades - middle school, high school, even college. I showed flashes that I could do it, but could never really pull out a full year of good grades. Even through all of that and my terrible grades I was able to get in to a great professional school. However, I will still have to fight the perception of this school simply because it is in the caribbean and not in the US. Even though the course work is exactly the same and arguably even more difficult than US schools. But I will still be doing the job I always dreamed of doing!

Side note - I was recently prescribed ritalin and my grades have since soared. I've always been hesitant to rely on drugs to improve your life, but that's a debate for another board I guess.

In conclusion: Some people just may be late bloomers. Even though they always pushed me to get good grades, my parents maintained that there's more than one way to string a cat. If you focus on the day to day work with a vision for your life, you can always make it work. It may take more work than others who did get better grades, but if you want it you can still make it. No matter what grades you get. And I believe that now.

Edit: Even in professional school our teachers told us first semester: " 'C's get degrees."

Edited by CaptainDantes, 16 November 2014 - 02:56 PM.


#54 SheOfTheEnderworld

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:16 PM

:) Exactly. Success means something different to everyone. If you're happy - I'd call that a successful life...unless you enjoy breaking the law, lol

On another note though, I never had the best grades - middle school, high school, even college. I showed flashes that I could do it, but could never really pull out a full year of good grades. Even through all of that and my terrible grades I was able to get in to a great professional school. However, I will still have to fight the perception of this school simply because it is in the caribbean and not in the US. Even though the course work is exactly the same and arguably even more difficult than US schools. But I will still be doing the job I always dreamed of doing!

Side note - I was recently prescribed ritalin and my grades have since soared. I've always been hesitant to rely on drugs to improve your life, but that's a debate for another board I guess.

In conclusion: Some people just may be late bloomers. Even though they always pushed me to get good grades, my parents maintained that there's more than one way to string a cat. If you focus on the day to day work with a vision for your life, you can always make it work. It may take more work than others who did get better grades, but if you want it you can still make it. No matter what grades you get. And I believe that now.

Edit: Even in professional school our teachers told us first semester: " 'C's get degrees."

 

AMEN to everything you said; I really enjoyed your post (and whatever it takes for you and your physiological balance, go for it...no shame in Ritalin or anything else), and your conclusion is spot on.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:38 PM

Grades are a reflection of your potential success if you define your success by a lifestyle that commands good grades.

Everyones definition of success is subjective therefore it's difficult to say whether they are or not, objectively.



#56 SheOfTheEnderworld

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:44 PM

Grades are a reflection of your potential success if you define your success by a lifestyle that commands good grades.

Everyones definition of success is subjective therefore it's difficult to say whether they are or not, objectively.

 

Yes, the grades themselves are subjective indeed...and another can of worms altogether is opened in that grades can either be earned or bought, as well as factors such as a grade from University X being altogether more significant (even if lower) than a grade from University Y or Z...and no comparison at all with a diploma mill grade (for those who weigh just a grade in and of itself, hair splitting really DOES get this maddening).



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 09:23 PM

@CaptainDantes

Side note - I was recently prescribed ritalin and my grades have since soared. I've always been hesitant to rely on drugs to improve your life, but that's a debate for another board I guess.

 

 

Dude, what was life like before and after ritalin? I have never wanted to take any medication, but I know I have ADD (possibly ADHD). But I have always still gotten super good grades. I am still doing really well in med school, but I am having huge trouble studying. It is gonna bite me in the ass someday.



#58 CaptainDantes

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:07 AM

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Dude, what was life like before and after ritalin? I have never wanted to take any medication, but I know I have ADD (possibly ADHD). But I have always still gotten super good grades. I am still doing really well in med school, but I am having huge trouble studying. It is gonna bite me in the ass someday.


Some people are strong enough to work through the problem like you and my brother. But what the ritalin does is mostly help keep you focused on the task at hand. You can still get distracted very easily, but as long as you can divert yourself back to your work it helps to keep you there. For me also, it helps me retain information I've studied. I don't know if these are the same effects for everyone though.

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:15 AM

Nope.



#60 herbs916

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 09:38 PM

good grades helps you get ahead in life.  but it is the same as hard work



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Posted 01 January 2015 - 09:57 AM

It depends. There are people with amazing talents that exceed the limited potential of earning great grades, and all that is taught in school will not necessarily contribute to success itself. However, a person who is hard working with good grades can also have better opportunities for success in the form of being accepted into a better college and in general better grades in college that help.





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