Your grade point average (GPA) says a lot about you and tells a story about your goals for success long after you complete school. In fact, your GPA can be just as important as your credit score.
Your GPA reflects all your energy expended while you were in school. A high GPA will display dedication that you studied diligently, participated in class, completed assignments timely and did well on tests. This will show employers you are prepared to go into your field, not only because of your knowledge of the subject matter, but because you planned and managed your schedule well. A good GPA indicates a strong employment future because you have already displayed a positive work history.
Your GPA will either help or hinder you from getting a job, and it's really a resume of your hard work, organizational skills and commitment to your future. Your GPA is a very important number, and what you earned in school will follow you for life. There are no "do over" GPAs.
You only have one time to make it count and show what you are capable of. It is the collective masterpiece of all your efforts in school, which translates into responsibility, good planning and management of time and money. Both your GPA and your credit score can affect your chances for employment, so act on the side of caution and study hard and budget your money properly.
Another interesting factor that can affect your GPA is an unhealthy lifestyle. A research study performed at the University of Minnesota by Dr. Ed Ehlinger, director of Boynton Health Services at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the study, proved a strong relationship exists between typical health problems-including poor eating habits, smoking, drinking, stress, etc.-and student's falling short of academic success.
The study found that those students who managed their personal life well and practiced healthy lifestyle habits had a GPA of 3.31 or higher, compared to 2.99 or lower for those students who lacked an overall organized and healthy lifestyle. In fact, those students who logged four or more hours a day of "screen time," whether television or computer viewing collectively, had a GPA of 3.04 or less.
Remember, your academic success does not magically happen. It only happens from dedication, hard work and persistence. Get your money's worth, and take your GPA seriously. It really will affect your success-and will follow you throughout your lifetime.