How to Get a 4.0

imagesOver the years many students have attempted what some thought was impossible; getting a 4.0. This envious grade point average signifies that a student has all As or multiple AP courses, which would each make a person very desirable to colleges. But how is it done? Is it even possible? Does it require effort???

 Yes, it is possible to get a 4.0 GPA, but you are going to have to make some sacrifices. After interviewing some students who have maintained a 4.0 since freshman year, I have found some good advice for you over-achievers out there. One of these people, Patrick Lacina, gave me advice along the lines of “do your homework early on, review notes often to keep the knowledge fresh, and make sure you understand the assignment instead of just rushing through it”. Another 4.0 GPA holder said to get a consistent amount of sleep ( be gettin’ dem circadian rythms in line dawg) and to avoid procrastination like the plague (like the plague, you probably won’t escape either),and to study thoroughly. Astha Berry advises to do all your homework and turn it in on time, study a lot, and to try to find interest in what you are learning about, as this will make it slightly more enjoyable to do.

Trust me, not one of these is something fun that anybody in their right mind would like to do, but it will bring you to success. Boxer Muhammed Ali once said “Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” (no this is not words of wisdom with Mr. Nowak). This applies here because if you work hard now, you can get into a good college, maybe even one with a job guaranteed upon graduation. A good college and school record will help you get a high paying job, believe me you are NOT Bill Gates or one of those people who will invent a revolutionary item without even finishing (or doing OK) in high school, so you need to try now. The better the pay you get, the better your quality of life will be down the road. Wouldn’t you rather work hard now at school than be the middle-aged manager at a dirty McDonald’s in the middle of some inner city skidrow? (Yes that is an exaggeration). If you are an athletic student who thinks that you are going to go pro, or get into a D1 school from a scholarship, you also still need to study. You won’t look as good as the guy with a similar talent level with better grades and test scores than you.

Yes, it is possible to get a 4.0 as a student athlete. Sophomore Carly Graverson, who played on the varsity girls basketball team and maintains a 4.0 GPA advises that it is important to plan ahead, make a routine, and not procrastinate (It’s 2 in the morning as I’m writing this so I too would advise not procrastinating). She also said that it is important to take out some time to have fun, because that’s what high school is about.

Ultimately, its common sense stuff. In theory, it’s easy to get a 4.0, but not everybody is capable of staying focused long enough, or remembering stuff well enough. If it were easy to have such a powerful internal drive and strong dedication, 4.0s would be far more common. Oh, and if you cheat (especially if you do so and have a 4.0) then you’re going to have a rude (and well deserved) awakening in the real world, so enjoy it while you can.


One thought on “How to Get a 4.0

  • April 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    It is also important to note that having a 4.0 is not what truly matters. If you can say that you have learned something that you did not know yesterday, you are on the path towards success. Even though a 4.0 looks great, and is possible for most, what is more important is the intrinsic motivation to get you to where you want to be. If you want to be be the middle-aged manager at a dirty McDonald’s in the middle of some inner city skid row then what is important is that you are working towards that constantly. But if you don’t commit yourself, you will be stuck doing something that you never wanted to do.

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