Do C's Really Get Degrees?


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It's one of the most commonly used expressions amongst college students. Whether in the midst of the hell that is final exams week, or in the aftermath of a poorly scored essay, students everywhere are absolutely convinced that, in the wake of their failures, one fact remains: average is above average. 

The idea for this blog post came to me earlier today as I was walking in between classes. I overheard an evidently very defeated student on the phone who seemed just about ready to heave himself off the top of the Paterno Library steps. "Honestly, I want nothing more than to drop this class. I get what's happening, I just have harder classes that I need to focus on. I don't have time to learn all the concepts. Oh well, I guess a C is fine. You know what they say, C's get degrees!" I thought more about this idea as the day went on, and it made me wonder who had come up with such a concept and, more importantly, was it true? 

According to an article on The Daily Undegrad, the mindset of most college students is that they "don't have to be the top performer and will still earn a grade good enough to pass a class, and eventually earn a degree. There's a built-in safety net for the also-rans and the barely-good-enough." I guess this is what makes the most sense to me in regard to the theory. In high school your GPA had the power to make or break you in terms of where and how good of a university education you had the potential to receive. In college, you've technically already "made it", and GPA carries far less weight to potential employers in opposition to internships and experience in your potential major. 

However, the article goes on to disprove this idea, articulating just how competitive the job market is, and how second-best, or simply adequate, is actually like being in last place. When we enter the job market out of college, "we're now in a harsh world where the B and C - and especially the D - level competitors don't win. When we write our resume, network and apply for jobs, only "A" level performance counts. And an often quoted line from the 80′s cult-classic movie "Highlander" applies... There can only be one!" 

This mindset is how I, personally, have always viewed the job market and potential employment, but I wanted to confirm just how sparse my chances are. According to a Seattle Times article regarding college unemployment, "compared with the overall unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in March, the unemployment rate for young people ages 20 to 24 was 13.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics." This was rather alarming when put into a real percentage. 

If there's one thing I've learned from my findings, it's that hard work definitely pays off, and that college students tend to be the wrong people to listen to in terms of career/life goal advice.
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I'm glad someone posted this to put it into perspective for all college students! Something I started to think about when I was reading this too was, "why are people okay with not being A students when they are paying so much money to be here?" There is a surprising amount of students who will never finish college or take their good time doing it. Here's an article on why we need to get down to business, get the grades we need and realize you need to do it for yourself so you're not worried about being in debt too.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57591376/third-of-student-loan-borrowers-never-earned-degree/

I'm glad someone posted this to put it into perspective for all college students! Something I started to think about when I was reading this too was, "why are people okay with not being A students when they are paying so much money to be here?" There is a surprising amount of students who will never finish college or take their good time doing it. Here's an article on why we need to get down to business, get the grades we need and realize you need to do it for yourself so you're not worried about being in debt too.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57591376/third-of-student-loan-borrowers-never-earned-degree/

I'm glad someone posted this to put it into perspective for all college students! Something I started to think about when I was reading this too was, "why are people okay with not being A students when they are paying so much money to be here?" There is a surprising amount of students who will never finish college or take their good time doing it. Here's an article on why we need to get down to business, get the grades we need and realize you need to do it for yourself so you're not worried about being in debt too.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57591376/third-of-student-loan-borrowers-never-earned-degree/

Not only do we need to show potential employers how hard we worked inside of the classroom, but also employers are looking at outside experience just as much if not more than our grades we earned. instead of partying every night or focusing on boyfriends or girlfriends, students would make their time more worthy by excelling in other areas of their life. Check out this link that will tell you how to be an outstanding potential employee. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/10/18/18-ways-job-seekers-have-impressed-prospective-employers/

I enjoyed this blog post and found myself thinking more about whether GPA is an accurate indicator of career success. I exert effort every day to be more of an A student than a C student, but know that the secret to career and life success is more than acquiring textbook knowledge and good grades. I found this article entitled "The C Students Run the World", which says, "School is a place where former A students teach mostly B students to work for C students." Now, I certainly believe that having a good GPA improves one's likelihood of getting interviews and jobs, but think it is important to remember that what one does after college is the greatest determinant of career success.

Here's the article if anyone's interested in reading further: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/students-run-world/

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