Grades are not the only thing that matters

By Anne Dudley

PR Daily re-released an article by Becky Johns from May that reminds students that their GPA is not the only thing that matters.

As a student, we know that our GPA is important for reasons we all understand very well.

But, it’s easy to forget about the other things that employers will look for when graduation rolls around. Skills and experience will certainly come into play when employers choose the most qualified applicant.

If I had to choose the two best takeaways from this article, they’d have to be:

  1. LEARN
  2. APPLY

Learning is easy, but we take it for granted every day. College is the time to learn as much as you can. Learn about yourself (time-management, personal skills and how you prefer to learn) and learn about your work (build presentation skills, increase your writing ability and gain professional experience).

Applying is the more difficult, but much more important part. Apply your skills to build a portfolio that showcases what you are capable of accomplishing for a company. Apply your talent and increased confidence from all that you have learned to build your network and make connections to professionals.

It is so easy to get caught up in a semester full of projects, papers and exams. But keep in mind, it is the people who are building meaningful relationships and improving their personal portfolio that will stand out, not the ones with the most A’s. 

Anne Dudley is a second-year master’s student of public relations and graduate assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

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