STORY BY JESSICA LYNX
In light of Taylor Swift taking her music off of Spotify, my friends and I began to discuss the controversy surrounding this.
Does Swift really need this money? Can she be successful with her music on Spotify?
The answers are obviously no and then yes. Swift has a multi-million dollar empire and does not need more money.
But what this really led me to think about is the definition of success, especially with the semester coming to a close.
Swift is such a successful person, yet she wants more success (or some could argue less) by taking her music off Spotify.
In that dreadful place called high school, GPA, tests, quizzes and papers seemed to define our lives. If you failed a test, you were never going to college. Self-worth was determined by a test grade.
Now, most people realize that in high school it really wasn’t the end of the world if you failed. Your success now is not defined by the test you failed four years ago.
But this same discourse seems to happen again in college. Now, granted there can be a lot more riding on grades in college, especially when pharmacy school, medical school or even grad school can be seen in the distance.
Does an A in writing really make a person truly successful?
Obviously, it depends on how that person got the A. But is an A or a B really going to make a person more or less successful?
Grades are super important, but so is experience. After a person gets his or her first job, I can guarantee his or her GPA is no longer going to matter. All the stress surrounding getting an A in chemistry no longer matters.
My point here is students need to stop freaking out about grades. Study as hard as possible, and the grades will come.
Learning is more crucial than memorizing. Getting a good grade sometimes means a person learned how to work the system, not necessarily learn the material.
Join a million clubs, find a job, meet people.
Networking and experience does more for a person than grades will.
After all, they say “It is all about who you know.”
College is about experiencing new things and becoming a better person. Success comes with all of this.
Grades are important, but they are not the end of the world.
Getting a C in statistics won’t mean a student will be homeless.
Success is not defined by what it is on a transcript at the end of the semester.
It is defined by what a person does. Getting straight As is successful, but so is becoming the president of a club. Being successful is subjective.
Does anyone remember what grades Swift got in college? Oh nevermind, she never went. Stop worrying, go live life.