I’ve seen many reasons adduced by several individuals why grades do not matter or are less important in determining future successes. I do think the influence of grades has been understated. No doubt, grades can be a poor way to determinesomeone’s success or better still, measure an individual’s self-worth.
Your success in life or otherwise may not be determined by
how excellent your grades are. It probably isn’t going to
make you successful or unsuccessful.
However, grades are an instant image of you at any point in
time. Grades are the foremost tools schools use to
measure it’s students abilities. This means it will give a
huge initial judgement about you, which transcends beyond the academic environment.
If you think grades don’t matter, ask that friend who missed
that fully paid scholarship by graduating with a third class.
Grades matter if you desire to get that competitive job
where employers look at CGPA.
As a fresh graduate, grades will matter until you get
something more compelling to sell yourself.
If you desire career progression in the academics, bad
grades will ground you.
2. Fewer choices: this is similar to the above. You end up
with less choice if you graduate with a poor CGPA. why?
Windows are smaller than doors!
Less career advancement options, less job option, and less
pay. You’ll have to settle for less.
3. Vices will appeal to you: I mean no disrespect to those
with poor grades. However, social vices such as gambling,
drunkenness, and others I choose not to mention will
appeal to you. Anything just to dampen the
disappointment of wasted years. However, it all ends in
more disappointment for those not willing to get it right the
4. Battered esteem: poor grades will batter your esteem.
You will always avoid public discussions that will warrant
a mention or display of your grade status either by you or
others. Can you comfortably put your pass degree
qualification on a CV? Never!
Deflated ego, inferiority, and other similar words will
describe your situation.
Only a few (mentally strong) will refuse to be downcast
and laid-back by letting grades get in their way to
achieving success. The greater majority wallows in regret
5. Delays in career progression: if you graduate with a
third class, you’ll need a PGD to move forward. If it’s a
pass, you’re probably stuck/grounded. In the academics,
grades are prioritised, and it’ll remain so for a long time.