When I was stuck at a job I couldn’t stand and searching for the next big thing, my biggest concern was whether or not my GPA would always plague me. I looked for ways to ‘improve, change, or alter’ its value, but I quickly saw the road blocks. You either generate a ‘new’ GPA with outside classes (expensive), or convince your university you deserve a re-grade (unlikely). So knowing those avenues wouldn’t be worthwhile, I decided that to beat my GPA, I’d smother it. I’d add enough outstanding material to my profile that even if they were to see it, it’d be considered a fluke. Brilliance often times has blemishes. So if I could convince them of that, then they’d have no choice but to respect my ability. I set out to do just that, and in doing so, found a couple of hidden gems that are worth passing along. I hope these help many of you other there.