I graduated college with a 2.59 GPA. I worked hard, but I was neither good at school, nor at keeping my priorities straight. Unable to get the job I wanted out of school, I worked in a field I loathed. I plotted my escape from day one, working everyday to better my chances. There were many twists and turns, failed interviews, botched thank you letters, and everything in between. The process was stressful, convoluted, even frightening, but it made me stronger. A year and seven months later, I managed to craft a profile companies seemed interested in. Finally, the hard work seemed to pay off as I landed the job I had always dreamt of. Having now put the work in, I want to make it accessible for those that come after me. Living with a low GPA is tough, but going through it alone is even tougher.
Having been a poor performer in college, I’m well acquainted with the throes of rejection, depression, and the (very) awkward “what’s your GPA?” conversations. Unfortunately, finding legitimate help and advice on the internet is next to impossible. It often doesn’t provide the insight necessary to make real life decisions. The job search is tough, even for the stellar student, but it doesn’t have to be that way. GPA Underdogs aren’t “dumb.” We’re just as capable as the next person, and should be treated as such. Here’s to proving our worth and pushing our bounds. This is a community to help and encourage the underachievers among us–but also the overachievers that want to sharpen their skills.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. — Rick Riodan
It all started when my girlfriend was struggling with a professional situation that I’d similarly experienced. While the solution was intuitive to me, it was absent on her. I realized that far too much career advice is undocumented. Instead of being locked in people’s brains, it needs to be on display for the world to see. I want to make getting the job you want accessible, no matter your GPA. There are many, many others that need help with the same questions and concerns. While you may feel like you have it made at the moment, there will be a time where the solution is unclear and you will need an opinion. GPAU will be here to help.
If you believe yourself to be a much better person and candidate than your GPA describes, then please keep reading. This site is all about helping you become the professional you know yourself to be. It takes patience, strategy, and heart. Overcoming your poor GPA will be the best thing you ever did.
Mindset and Community
The GPA Underdog is a community for the mending, massaging, and strengthening of wounded college careers. We are underdogs because we’re much better than our GPA implies. Credentials hold us back, but they also push us forward. In time, we’ll be bigger, better, and more qualified than our peers. We’ll turn that dog-house into a dog-mansion–just wait on it.
If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. — Abraham H. Maslow
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