WHAT? Did someone actually say that there are things more important than your GPA?
Yes, you read that correct my friend, and now that this semester is almost over, let me remind you that your GPA isn’t everything. It’s quite rare for an interviewer (for a job) to ask about your GPA when you have that degree in your hand. It’s amazing to have a good CGPA and win awards and medals for it, yes, but let me remind you of things that are just as important:
1. Your mental health
Happiness, and living a stress-free life makes all the difference in the world. Do things you love, things you feel passionately about, things that make you happy.
2. Physical Health
Both physical, and mental health go hand in hand. Don’t focus on one and neglect the other.
3. An understanding of your passions
It’s much easier for you to obtain a job when you have a good-looking and loaded resume. If not during the semester, then try to get an internship or a job during the summer.
4. Building relationships
No, not just a girlfriend/boyfriend wala relationship, but a genuinely healthy relationship with your family, and friends. A good support group behind you can take you to the moon and beyond.
5. Thinking out of the box
There is a lot of competition out there, and the thing that can make you stand out from the crowd is your creativity, and how you bring new ideas to the table. Don’t cage your mind.
6. Actually learning
Study to not only pass the exam, but also to learn. You do remember that you’re in university to actually learn.
Take time out of your stressful year, whenever you can, to go travel to places. It doesn’t even have to be out of the country, you can even explore your own city. Learn how the other half lives, their culture, their languages.
8. Doing what you love
It’s important to focus on doing what you feel passionately about. Once you do, one can only imagine the places you can go.
9. Personal growth
Don’t forget to pay attention to yourself. Be your worst critic, and be a better you everyday.
10. Being a good human being
People are successful in their life not solely based on their academic record, but also how they are as a human being. Positive vibes attract positive energy.
11. Time management
Practice not leaving things to the last minute and try squeezing in extra-curricular activities. Once you get into the habit of it, you’ll be much more productive everyday.
12. Applying theory to real life situations
It’s great to know the 5 C’s for communication, but how do you actually apply them in real life? You know about the history of Pakistan, but can you actually hold a conversation about it in real life? Apply things you have learned into new situations and projects.
13. How you handle constructive criticism
No one is perfect, however, you can take the criticism given to you, to perfect what you are doing.
What do you believe is more important than your GPA? Let us know in the comments below!
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