Navigating the Academic River

Attempting to get a cumulative 4.0 GPA is like walking upstream on the Truckee River–it’s difficult, you’re probably going to feel some pain at some point, there are multiple seen and unseen obstacles, and it can be done. In my opinion, both journeys are worth their rewards. Photo By: Elizabeth Preston

They said that it couldn’t be done, that I was fool for even trying. But I proved them wrong. I got a cumulative 4.0 grade point average in both my undergraduate and graduate years of college.

Read that in the movie trailer guy’s voice, and it sounds even more awesome. But, really, I did get laughed at for going into college wanting a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Most people told me that it was impossible and that trying would ruin my college experience. Yet, I saw other people do it. Was it rare? Yes. Was it difficult to do? Yes. Was it impossible? No. It turns out, getting a perfect GPA is pretty formulaic. This part of my blog discusses what I’ve learned about getting a 4.0 GPA. This isn’t a perfect system, but I honestly believe that other people can use what I’ve learned to either obtain a 4.0 GPA, or at least to improve their GPAs or get good GPAs. I frequently post on this topic.  So welcome, and here we go!

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