Your grades don’t define you

Well, midterms are coming up and I can’t decide whether to jump with joy that midterm break is coming or cry about how much I have left to do.
As we start cramming in information and I look at all the upcoming due dates I have along with all of my extracurricular commitments, I have found it easy to get overwhelmed and drown in my work. I try to stay on top of everything, a key word is try, but it seems that some tasks just fall through the cracks.
Life is throwing things at me in every direction and I just keep reminding myself something that every college student should be reminding themselves too: your grades do not define you.
My friend recently messaged me describing how she has gotten two C’s on her past tests and how she has to really buckle down and focus. But why?
It is great to go above and beyond and graduate with honors. In fact, I encourage it. But is an A worth the cost of your mental health?
In high school, I decided that I was never going to be “mediocre.” What I didn’t know was that mind set cost me a lot of time worrying and having anxiety attacks about a biology test (that doesn’t even matter now). If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself to find what I actually liked to do and to prioritize it.
My priorities are much different now and I know that some of the extracurriculars are going to further me in my career and build actual skills. Shifting my focus saved my mental health and I’m actually having fun doing what I do. Even if I got a B on that history test I took Tuesday.
Sometimes busywork is necessary, and obviously we need a lot of classes to graduate, but remember that in 15 years when you’re in the real world, the C that you got in that class completely unrelated to your major probably won’t matter.
C’s get degrees people. Work hard, but your sanity is worth it.

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