Besides gossiping and scrolling through social media, grades ride up at the top of the list of important things for teenagers to stress and discuss about. This crazy epidemic started early for some, but is a new-found problem for others. What makes it fascinating is the amount of pressure and social status that grades bring to individuals.
Students are breaking the bank by buying study guides, cheating, and pulling their hair out just so they can grab an A. Cliché as this sounds, most of you can relate and know this is true. Colleges look at your grades, sure, but are they really going to flip out with a minus next to that A? While some of you will argue yes, for the average college and sane student this is not a problem.
The issue is students and their views on applying for college. Many students only take classes and activities just to sugar-coat their college application. But what is the point? You are stressing yourself out and bothering other people with your complaining about your demanding classes. While having many difficult classes and various activities can be a great addition to your college resume, especially if you gain knowledge and skills, students should consider quality as a priority first. Most people don’t consider the classes they take and end up putting themselves through all kinds of suffering. If you have not yet had this problem please trust me and everyone else who has: taking a class that you know you will hate is not worth it, because you will end up hating it.
Social satisfaction is the other main reason people enjoy talking about grades. The casual, “Hey what did you get?” Again, there are exceptions to all of this, but really, who are you trying to fool? Students need to focus more on their own educational goals, grades, and activities and stop trying to out-perfect everyone else. Stepping outside of the circle of grades and into the real world may also give you more to talk about, and make you look better. This is great for job experience and helps add to your college application. Colleges look at things other than grades and tests, which students often forget and look past. A life changing program is just effective as, or even more effective, than an A in English.
Grades are personal and people have very strong opinions of what can and cannot be talked about revolving their grades. I would recommend playing it safe and not ask others about grades and test scores, but if you want to go ahead and ask. Most people don’t think before they ask anyways. Perfection for you may be straight A’s, but for someone else it could be just passing a class. Just remember that no one will ever be perfect.
Because what’s the fun if everyone’s perfect?