If I’ve not made it clear that I am a college student, now you know. In fact, I’m a neurotic college student. I push myself to obtain the best grades possible. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that many people attending college have different priorities, or believe that grades aren’t everything – they’re both wrong and right. I’m not going to get into why I agree with that idea, because this is a rant. Let’s look at the bigger picture: College is expensive, no matter what. It costs both excessive time, effort, and money. No matter how a person funds their college education, whether it be loans, grants, subsidizing, or scholarships, somebody is paying oodles of dough for that education. Therefore, for these people to get so caught up in events that honestly do not matter to their goals in the long run is absolutely wasteful. I’m sorry, but when a single class costs 2,500 dollars, I’m not going to settle for a “C.”
Let’s not forget that many government loans, as well as scholarships, have certain requirements, often involving minimum GPA’s (grade-point-average.) Currently, I receive a couple thousand dollars from my college each year because my GPA, and therefore when I see my classmates moaning and groaning about having to do work, or acting so shocked when they realize an assignment is due tomorrow, I die a little on the inside. I know what kind of grades laziness yields, and if I engaged in such slacker behavior, I’d lose my scholarship money. It honestly just makes me cringe. To reiterate for the millionth time: those people are wasting thousands and thousands of dollars to yield C’s and B minuses. Now that I’ve successfully made myself sound like a soulless Hermione Granger wannabe – let’s keep going and explain the behavior I constantly see displayed by my peers – and why my grades are better.
1. I read the fucking syllabus. How did I know that assignment was coming up? How do I know what that assignment entails? How did I have all this work done ahead of time? No, it’s not magic, I read the syllabus. It’s all right there, in the goddamn syllabus. Every time someone, usually group partners, ask a ridiculously annoying question about an assignment the answer is usually in the syllabus. This level of stupidity makes me want to scream. The teacher didn’t ask us to read the syllabus to waste our time, they put useful and important information, due dates, and expectations for our work in the class in the syllabus. Clearly, these people couldn’t be bothered to help themselves.
2. I pay attention to due dates and get things done ahead of time. No, not everybody has the same twenty-four hours in a day, and many students have jobs. However, many of those same students sleep on their assignments until the day before they’re due. I know at least 90% of those people had time to start their assignments beforehand but didn’t. Then they are forced to complete their work half-assed at the last minute. If there is anything I have learned in college, and I’m a junior, it’s that when I have free time I should utilize it and complete my work. It always pays off because I don’t have to stress about last-minute assignments (except when I’m put into groups), and I actually end up with more free time. Why am I meeting people my age and grade or older who still have not figured this out?
3.Commitment. Plain and simple.
4.I don’t let drinking or drugs come before studies. In fact, I don’t drink or do any drugs at all. I happen to know people who do both and still get good grades, because they have their priorities in order…
Maybe that’s the biggest problem I see with others at college (and well, maybe with human in general). They don’t have their priorities in order. Nobody said going to college means no sleep, no social life, no job, no money, no fun. However, it does involve sacrifice. I don’t get all of those things all of time, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have friends, or any income, or any fun. All prioritizing means is that my grades won’t suck, because I understand the value of my education plus the huge cost I’m expending in order to attend college. Maybe Jack, Sally, and Joe should take note! Until then, I’m sorry for being such a type-A bitch. Wait…no I’m not.