|Some damn fool asked:
||[Jan. 24th, 2017|03:57 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
What are the advantages of having a low GPA?
If you call the Kremlin looking for a job in the Trump administration, a lower GPA, like between 2.0 and, say, 2.6 will actually give you a better chance of being selected. Anything over 3.0 and you're going to raise red flags as a possible intellectual elitist plant and they won’t take either of you. The school matters, too. A 2.0 GPA from MIT isn’t particularly good, but a 2.0 GPA from a junior college, proves, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you are no intellectual elitist. Well, you could still be an elitist, I guess, but yer fer sher not no innullecshull.
What someone else said about pressure is true also. I went back to school to get my bachelor’s degree in my fifties (I had a two-year tech school certificate before that). At first, all I cared about was maintaining a 3.0 GPA so that the Feds and my employer, who were footing the bill, would continue to do so. It turned out that, with the discipline and sense of purpose that I had acquired with age and with the knowledge acquired by actually doing the job for decades before ever training for it, the classes were pretty easy and I got 'A's all the time. I was pleased, of course, but I still didn’t really care until I had accumulated about three years worth of all A credits, then it started to matter to me that I keep a perfect 4.0 record and I started to stress out about anything that threatened that. I will never forgive the Survey of Modern American History professor who gave me an A- in her class (probably because I wouldn’t sleep with her—that’s all I can figure). My GPA dropped to 3.999-something-or-other. You had to figure it to more than three decimals for it to be less than perfect, but it was NOT perfect and I’ve been pissed ever since. I graduated Suma Cum Laude from that program and I’m STILL pissed.
So yeah, give yourself a break. Keep up a good 3.8 if you want a real job, or 2.2 or so if you’re going to settle for Trump Staffer. And relax.