I’m going to be honest: I’m not impressed by your 4.0 GPA. A 4.0 is not something that should be easy to obtain. A 4.0 is a goal that we often come up short on. A 4.0 is the driving force that makes you do your readings, finish your homework, and suffer through those horrid group projects. But a 4.0 GPA isn’t something you should actually have.

In my opinion, if you have a 4.0, you’re not challenging yourself enough. You’re not taking advantage of everything your school has to offer. You’re paying for an education, and you deserve a great one. You’re not paying to get a 4.0. You’re paying (an outrageous amount, may I add) to learn as much as you can. Whether that is personal learning through clubs, organizations and programs or academic learning through classes.

If you find yourself achieving a 4.0, add another class to your schedule. You could also add a more challenging class or join the honors program. Become a member of a club or organization that you can dedicate your valuable time and energy to.

It is more important to get the most out of your college experience than to get a 4.0. Your university has so much more to offer that will be more beneficial to you than the announcement after your name at graduation. Leadership opportunities through clubs and organizations give you not only a sense of accomplishment similar to obtaining a 4.0 GPA, but also real-world skills. You need to be able to lead a group of people, successfully plan events, and develop your passion in life. Through a club or organization, you may realize that charity is your passion, and that realization is invaluable.

I’m not saying your achievements aren’t worthy and you shouldn’t do your best academically. I’m not saying there isn’t pride in getting a great GPA. I am saying there is a world full of more important things than that President’s List certificate.