Grades reflects everything but you

>> Friday, June 25, 2010

College Grades. They say that it reflects your overall potential in the real world—that is, grades in college sets your habits towards success in the corporate world; this reflection portraying a hypercompetitive society is otherwise defined as your career. As a result, it supposedly showcases your competency when exposed to the challenges that surround your professional and personal life.

But grades do not reflect the letter reinforcing the status quo. Rather, grades reflect the learning experiences behind each individual–-the struggle(s), the success, and the new insights gained from these many lessons. As a freshmen climbing up the ladder that would soon reward me with a college degree, my goal when taking a teaching writing course was to become a writing tutor. But my professor said you could only become one with an A in the course.

An A? How do you define an A with poor instructions on writing elaborations and introducing theoretical approaches that does teach students how to pragmatically assess other’s writing assignment? You cannot, even if you exhaled vapor that spews rage at your teacher’s face, when he claimed you did not “properly follow the instructions.” However, I soon realized grades does not reflect not your progress on your goal, because it reflect all the problems that you are set out to vanquish with degrees. But you could only combat these issues, once you look beyond the grade by examining your learning experiences.

So, grades means nothing when defining your performance, because your personal traits and interest defines your career, and therefore defining your overall potential in your chosen profession. And to those inexperienced individuals hungering to dent the fabrics of society with their idiosyncratic ideas, do not confine your potential to a standard that supposedly outlines success: just do it—in my case, I courted writing tutors and asked them about their experiences with teaching writing--because, in the end, the only grade that could define your performance is the one you give yourself. But you could only figure out which one is appropriate by reflecting back on your experiences.

*This is the first post from our newest writer David Pan. Read more about him in our "about us" section.

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