Personal Excellence

You Are Not Your Grades

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Spending the first decades of your life in attending classes might give you a perception that Academics is essential in your life. Indeed, it is. Academics is one of the ingredients in molding your personality, character, and future. It plays a major role in what you want to become and how you want to live. Actually, parents always know great things. You might have heard your parents telling you several times to study well and get good grades because having good grades is an output of how you have performed. They tell so, because they’ve been to a lot and they’ve been through your age. They know how important grades is in several matters such as pursuing a job. Additionally, the society has been portraying the success as a fruit of having good grades. Due to these factors, you might think that getting the good grades is the goal game.

It’s normal to aim for good grades because they are indicators that you are participating accordingly in a particular area. But focusing on the grades itself would make you have a false belief that the goal of studies is to achieve that “good grades” which are higher than your classmates’ grades. Believing in this is like believing that the essence of driving a car is to achieve a certain speed faster than the rest and not to reach the destination safe. Obviously, having good grades is a great help in your future career because they are a reflection of how well you did in your studies however they can’t determine the entire personality of you. They must be treated only as a factor to something and not a factor itself.

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It would be a horror to find yourself fails to maintain a certain grade. It would be depressing that you may lose your confidence and hope. You might be receiving comments from your parents and other people that might bring you fall deeper to the ground. However, having that F grade should just be a reminder for you to do harder next time but don’t ever let those define yourself. Rather make yourself define the grades you could have. Challenge yourself to always hit the better line.

Always remember that grades are just a representation of your academic performance and nothing more. Getting the highest grade would not mean that you are superior among your classmates nor if you get the lowest grade would you be inferior among them. The grades you get are in no way should be a measurement of your capabilities, intelligence, potentials and worth as a person. Thus, strive to gain that joy of learning new things because when you begin to love learning, the rest (such as good grades, good job, good character) will just follow.

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“As you work to become a better student, remember that learning is far more important than the numbers on your transcript. I know it can be hard sometimes to remember what you’re in school for. In some places, students go crazy over a tenth of a point – but this is an unhealthy and unsustainable way to manage your education. The real reason you’re in school is to grow as a person and fulfill your potential.”
― Stefanie Weisman,

Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

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