Life is undeniably more challenging with a low GPA. Jobs are difficult to come by, you have no pride in where your life is headed, and everyone seems to look down on you. While you blame yourself for every shortcoming, others seem to be enjoying life, their jobs, and the everyday spoils of life. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and you know it. How can you get your life back on track, despite your unfortunate circumstance?
The most important step to getting back on track is to quit berating yourself. It does you no good; it only makes things worse. You may be thinking, “No, no. I appreciate the optimism, but I really screwed up. The life I thought I’d have is no longer possible. I’ll never work for the company I want, or go to the graduate school I want. I worked hard, but school kicked my butt!”
Pieces of those thoughts may be true: top-tier companies (e.g. Morgan Stanley, Google, etc.) may only take GPAs 3.0 and higher, and graduate schools may use GPA as an indicator for future performance, but that’s not the complete picture. When encumbered with a poor GPA, you have to play the long game. Whether you’ve realized it or not, a poor GPA will make you stronger. Do the right things now and you’ll have an inspirational story to tell. Take time to let go of your anguish and focus on the future. There’s still time to make something of your life.