GPA's! Do You Care? - page 3

NOW, how many of you admit that your GPA really does matter. Even if it just to you. Myself. I am guilty. I did not apply myself in HS in 89' and I was at the bottom of the barrel, which was my... Read More

  1. by   PennyNickelDime_RN
    GPA matters to me too. When I started college two years ago I was terrified because I did not do well in high school. I did not apply myself.

    After two years my GPA is a 3.8 and when I applied as a transfer student to a new school that I will be starting this September, my GPA got me a $15,000 annual renewable scholarship which requires me to retain a 3.0.

    Since GPA's do not transfer, I have to start all over again and hopefully can do as well at my new university as I did at my last.

    ~~~sprklplnty~~~
  2. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Generally, my grades reflect what I "KNOW". I study hard and usually make good grades. But, my big issues is... EITHER YOU KNOW IT or YOU DON'T = your grade
  3. by   marilynmom
    I would also like to mention cause a few people have brought this up. Not all of us with high GPAs make our children "suffer" somehow. I have a very high GPA and make A's in everything. When my kids are awake I do not study, I study when my kids are either napping or in bed for the night. I dont always get much sleep but to me it is worth it to have good grades *and* be there for my kids!

    Marilyn
  4. by   shirleyTX
    I agree, u don't have to make your children suffer, but face it, without kids you do what you want on your time, with kids its when they allow you to study-especially small children... It is not impossible to maintain a high GPA, and even though it could be higher current 3.68 - I know I WILL graduate w/ honors from the BSN program and then pursue my dream as a CRNA. Believe me even with my 3.68 I KNOW I will get in---- It'a all about your ability as a nurse-not just your GPA..
  5. by   rnnurse2be
    Absolutley it matters... Im ANAL about it!

    Lets see... First time in college (19-20 yrs Old) I couldnt give a Crapola about grades... in fact my GPA was a 1.5! I never thought I would come back... so who cares, Right??! WRONG

    I came back to school 8 years later and have had to pull A's to get it up to a Whopping 3.0! SUCKS!

    I figure after this year of A's, it should be close to a 3.7, which I can deal with. I would love to have a 4.0, but due to my past will never happen... or it will years and years later.

    I try to warn the younger ones of messing around...skipping classes, blowing off studying, but we all have to learn our own way. ME? Well, due to my 1.5 taking me 2 years to get to a 3.0, I was put on the waiting list. My Priority Points were real high, but the cut off for acceptance was a 3.3. I had no chance. I was told 2.5 was the cut off. What was I to do?

    So yup... GPA matters to me!
  6. by   FullMoonMadness
    My grades used to really matter to me. At the beginning of last semester I had 4.0. But, I made a B, and realized it was not the end of the world. I no longer have the highest GPA in my class and I don't care. I just want to get done. (Can you tell I am tired of school?)
  7. by   kats
    I do still care about my GPA especially since I haven't been accepted to a nursing school yet. I am hoping for January, but won't find out until at least November. Anyways, I had to stop stressing as much about GPAs after one semester when I got really sick. My husband was at sea, my son was being a typical teenager, and I had my first class with a really hard teacher. It was Anatomy and 30 out of the initial 38 students dropped the class before the end of the semester. Anyways, I was actually sick from the stress for over a month before the doctor realized what was happening. That was after countless lab tests. He finally realized I had IBS caused by anxiety. He gave me a prescription for Celexa which definately helped for a time. I never knew you could be that sick from stress. Now I have stopped taking Celexa because I am doing better with stopping the stress before it gets out of control. I may have to go back to it once I start nursing school, but at least I will know the signs. I have also realized that while needing good grades to get into nursing school and then stay in, I don't need to be top of my class. The most important thing is that I learn the information so that I can be a good nurse. I mean, really, how many patients are going to quiz you on your grades before letting you help them? But you do have to know the information. That's just my opinion.
  8. by   caligirl
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    I would also like to mention cause a few people have brought this up. Not all of us with high GPAs make our children "suffer" somehow. I have a very high GPA and make A's in everything. When my kids are awake I do not study, I study when my kids are either napping or in bed for the night. I dont always get much sleep but to me it is worth it to have good grades *and* be there for my kids!

    Marilyn
    I agree.. Except I get up early instead of staying up late.. I am not a night person.. lol.. I often get up at 4 am and get a good 3 hours of studying before I have to get my daughter ready for daycare...
  9. by   rnnurse2be
    I also wanted to put that my kids dont suffer. I study when they are in bed, or arnt home. I make EVERY basketball game, and IEP meeting the school calls for, I go on field trips (although, not everyone) ect... for my boys. I feel it is important to find that balance, and have them see how vital education is.

    Yes, there were many weekends I had to pass up going four wheeling, but that wasn't for the entire year, I also made Friday and Saturdays family time. No studying until Sat night, or Sundays after church...

    Balance is the key, unfortunatly, its a difficult one to find sometimes.
  10. by   giggles66
    Getting a High enough GPA only matters enough to me to get into nursing school. I am probably older than most of you who are posted here. I just want to get my BSN and that'ts it I will be done with school.

    Carmen
  11. by   confused101
    GPA does matter to an extent to me. If I know that I have worked hard and my best is a B or a C that is good as gold to me. My grade scale is the 8 point one where 73 is the cut off for a C-. I had wonderful grades in high school, but nursing school is much more harder! If I graduate with a 3.2 I'm going to be really happy.
  12. by   sbic56
    Funny how my GPA mattered to me while in school, but looking back I wonder "why?" Probably because that 3.8 has not amounted to diddly since I've been out. It's a personal achievement thing more than anything IMO.
  13. by   RN2B052004
    I think your GPA will increase in importance as you get into the nursing program. The reason is I was the same way when I first started college I wasnt too interested in GE courses. However when I got into my major of nursing I absolutely loved every class. So I was determined to do good. When something is more important to you then you tend to strive harder.

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