How Come Valedictorians Aren’t Always the Ones Kicking Butt?
Okay, so if you are your batch’s valedictorian, then congratulations!
But this article is for the “ordinary” students. Those whose grades are not stellar in some way. The barely passing ones. If this sounds like you, then here’s the good news: you are still capable of being successful one day.
My Obligations and Contracts professor used to say (a lot) that she likes teaching “mediocre” students betters than the “smart” ones because these average students are the ones who think outside the box, the successful business owners, the ones who end up rich. She’s right. I myself have witnessed the same twist of fate unfold.
Nowadays, a lot of fresh grads worry about their GPA when they enter the real world. But little do they realize that being a C student also has its upside. For one, they are less “pressured” by their family to achieve a lot of things. They can choose to pursue their passion instead of being dictated to pursue an MBA or a career in Medicine, or be a lawyer, for that matter.
Grades are just numbers that measure your past performance. As long as you’re capable of learning, you have the power to change your destiny and become successful!
Former President George W. Bush isn’t typically celebrated for his public speaking skills, but he made an important and insightful point the other day while delivering the commencement address at Southern Methodist University.
To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’
And as I like to tell the C students: You too, can be president.
Regardless of whether or not you like the guy or appreciated him as a president, he’s not wrong.
Intelligence is subjective, and academic achievement is not always a proper way to measure it. Success as a student is largely dependent on one’s ability to operate within a certain system, but it’s not always the best preparation for the real world.
This is precisely why we see so many “C” students, people we wouldn’t necessarily expect, running the world. They understand what it means to struggle, and often have to overcome more obstacles than many people realize.
So if you just graduated from high school or college and you didn’t finish with honors, don’t despair. Life is full of ups and downs, and while we learn a great deal in school, the real education occurs after you leave the classroom.
–by John Haltiwanger
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