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Stressed over nothing?

  1. Mar 18, 2005 #1
    My school is scheduling for next year. I'm going to be a senior. Scary. After fixing some problems with my transcript (people messed up my grades and credits and such), I began putting together my schedule.

    I mostly have "A"s and a few "B"s and a couple of "C"s (physics and geometry). I'm really nervous about how my transcripts will look to some of the schools I am applying to. Some of them are Northeastern, MIT, University of Maine, and some others out of a total of 14 schools, some of which are music. I understand why I have "C"s in physics, its because of an extinuating health problem which prevents me from attending school everyday and we readapted my schedule to make it easier for me to attend.

    Even with all these things going on, I have a GPA of 3.759 and a class rank of top 20. I can't help but feel like its not a good GPA at all. I feel ashamed that my GPA is only a 3.759. Am I stressing about something I should be proud of and happy with? Id having a 3.759 a good GPA? Do I have any hope of getting into these schools? Or should I just squish all my hopes? Please help out I really don't know what to do.
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  3. Mar 18, 2005 #2
    only time will tell my friend, only time will tell. For now, don't stress.


  4. Mar 18, 2005 #3
    don't stress about it. just be sure to apply to a good range of schools. One thing I've learned after going to school twice (currently right now) is that you get out of a school what you put into it. So big names don't really matter for your enrichment.
  5. Mar 18, 2005 #4
    What if you put your all into it? How do you negate the frustration? I put in my damnedest into my education, especially having to teach myself advanced algebra and cp physics? Can that be considered a good GPA considering my situation? When this happend I feel like I got seriously shafted!

    Thanks Nenad.
  6. Mar 18, 2005 #5
    Ask yourself this: Is there is anything at all in the world that you can do about it right now? If the answer is no, or, yes but I'm not doing that, then there is absolutely no point in wasting any effort whatsoever in worrying about it.

    I had to drop diff EQ this morning. I still don't understand how I could have done every homework problem since day one and understood every homework problem since day one, and somehow, I still got 50%, 65%, and 45% on the first 3 tests. 28 student started this class, 16 took the most recent test, of those 16, 8 failed. I can honestly say, when getting ready for this most recent test, I totally gave it my all. I studied for at least 45 hours. I did every single problem from chapter 1 through chapter 6, the test covered chapter 4.5 through chapter 6. Looking back on the week leading up to the most recent test, I can honestly say, there is nothing else, short of quitting my job, that I could have done to get myself more ready for that test. However, I can only recall 3 times today that it crossed my mind, each time, I answered the question above with a resounding NO. Am I pissed about it? sure. Am I going to let it affect me and bother me for a long time, hell no, what's the point, what does it accomplish??? Again, answer the question above and just forget about it.
  7. Mar 18, 2005 #6
    Good to know that I'm not the only person this happens to. Thanks for the advice.
  8. Mar 18, 2005 #7
    misskitty: I wouldn't worry too much about the GPA provided you state up front somewhere on your application "this is why it happened" in the space where they ask if there's any more information you want to provide. And get your guidance counselor to mention it too while you're at it. Schools understand that life happens, and if you explain yourself they'll forgive you provided it's only a one time thing (as in your grades were good when you didn't have health problems to worry about). So cheer up. :smile:
  9. Mar 18, 2005 #8
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  10. Mar 18, 2005 #9
    Seriously, the only thing that matters is grad school, as most undergrad courses are somewhat the same. Just go to a school you like, study something you feel passionate about, get a good GPA, and apply to grad school.

    I had a 3.0 in high school, and I am maintaining a 3.8 in college here. It all depends on hard work. But mostly, I found that most things taught in high school are wrong to a certaind degree. So don't even worry about the GPA. The main way to do well in college is time management, and NO PARTIES!
  11. Mar 19, 2005 #10
    Thanks everyone. Its good to know that not everyone on this cite has an unwavering 4.0 since freshman year in high school. YOUR HUMAN! :biggrin:

    Awww!!But Aszyteen, can't I party just a little? :wink: just kidding, :biggrin:
  12. Mar 19, 2005 #11
    Don't listen to this. There is plenty of time to party at university. I'd say if you dont pary, you'll end up doing worse than if you do. Sometimes, you need to chillax and stop worrying about school. Partying is one of these many times.


  13. Mar 19, 2005 #12


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    the point is to take pleasure in thinking about the material, not from comparing your gpa to someone else's. its the physics that counts, not the grades.
  14. Mar 19, 2005 #13
    True, but the GPA is going to help me get in...or at least I hope so.
    I'm not much into parties as it is :shy: I'm not a big social butterfly.
  15. Mar 19, 2005 #14


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    The point is to have something to do that takes your mind off studying every once in a while. I wasn't into parties, either. I hung out with about a half-dozen other physics majors in the evening in the college's "physics library" (a spare room with big tables, some books and a desk calculator). Sometimes we worked on homework, sometimes we just goofed off, sometimes we went out for long walks. This was in a really tiny town, a village really, and it was "dry" so there weren't any bars. You could go a few blocks in any direction and be in cornfields or woods or whatever.

    And I was (and still am) into classical music and some other hobbies, and I can go off and immerse myself in those for a few hours to refresh my mind.
  16. Mar 19, 2005 #15
    Good advice. That is a bit more my speed. It is definitely good to remove your mind from your studies everyonce in a while. I'd burn myself out if I didn't have something to take my mind off of my studies. I'm still trying to take Andromeda's advice. It kinda bugs me that I didn't get into a summer advanced studies program. I was one of 550 total applicants. Now I'm wait listed. :frown: As far as my GPA goes, I kind of feel like I'm not all that intelligent if I've got only a 3.7. However there are people like me who stress about it and they've got lower numbers than I do.

    Like you, I'm hugely involved in music, if I'm not writing lyrics, singing or playing I'm listening to it. My life revolves around music. :smile:

    It provides the perfect escape from society, especially when I get to perform it.
  17. Mar 20, 2005 #16
    Dont worry about your gpa being a 3.7, thats not bad at all. I will (hopefully) have a gpa somewhere around that when I graduate. I got two C's freshman year which really messed me up. With a 4.0 you would still have to worry about getting into the schools like MIT and such. Truth is that grades aren't the only factor they take into mind when deciding your fate. This will just be undergrad school so don't worry if you don't get into your favorite school. If your essay's are really good than that combined with a 3.7 could be even better than getting a 4.0 with a sh***y essay. Like a lotof people said, admittance into more prestigous universities is almost random sometimes. One last thing, intelligence isn't messured by your grades at all. You mess up as a human, that's just how it is. Perfect grades do not equal intelligence. People who have a 4.0 and think that they are smart just because of that are usually pretty weird people :P
  18. Mar 20, 2005 #17
    Didn't know that. Good information Moose.
  19. Mar 20, 2005 #18
    Did you take the SAT and ACT yet? If I had the chance, I would have taken them again and again. I only took the ACT once, and I didn't even take the SAT, and now I realized those scores are important to colleges and for scholarships!

    I still got into the college of my choice, and I'll be going there this fall, but my point is this: Take those tests over and over and you'll keep improving your scores...
  20. Mar 20, 2005 #19
    ok, but what about those of us who are in the lower end of the spectrum?

    I really want to attend grad school, but my grades are less than stellar. I am in 2nd year, and my overall average is 72% (about 3.1 GPA), with a 78% in physics courses (3.4-ish). I know that to go to grad school, you need about a 3.0 - 3.25 GPA (absolute minimum). So what are my chances of getting in to grad school (realistically)? I am in Canada, so I would like to pursue a M.Sc initially, and we also do not have to take the GRE.

    What could I possibly do to increase my chances of getting accepted, since I don't exactly have a 3.7?
  21. Mar 20, 2005 #20
    I know a few people like that, and they occasionally have a tendency to be egoists and flaunters. I don't have a perfect 4.0 GPA myself (it too is around 3.7ish), but I don't focus on grades so much as learning and understanding the material. We all get bad grades occasionally, just don't let a 4.0 ideal discourage you.

    Many a times I have psychologically bashed myself over numerical status (such as GPA, class rank, SAT scores), but in reality, I'd much rather talk to an intelligent person with a low GPA than a conceited 4.0 average person. Numbers and people don't mix too well. I'm a 2nd clarinetist, does that make me any less of a person?

    Good. Anything that can relieve the stresses of life is a good thing.
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