Freshman year- The year you spend finding your way around high school, getting involved in clubs and sports, and keeping up your GPA. Wait, what was that last one? Some students seem to think you don’t need to start worrying about your GPA until junior or senior year, when you begin considering colleges and universities. News flash: that isn’t quite the case. Here are some things to consider when thinking about your GPA in Freshman year.
- Once it goes down, it’s difficult to bring back up
So let’s say you failed a couple classes your freshman year. No big deal, right? Not necessarily. It’s not as easy as you may think. Say you end the year with a 2.7 GPA, and you need to get it back up to at least 4.0 by your senior year to be accepted into the college you want to attend. That means you would have to achieve over a 4.0 GPA for the rest of the three years of high school just to meet your goal. If you failed all your Freshman classes, getting that perfect GPA is going to take much more than perfect grades in the future to bring it back to a 4.0.
2. Getting into the right mindset early will help you later on
Thinking about your grades and GPA in Freshman year will keep you on track for the years to come, because it teaches you to care about finishing the assignments and the work assigned. This kind of mindset will even help you in college and university.
3. Less stress to be perfect in your future years
The less stress the better, right? Focusing a little more on your grades Freshman year can help. If you do well your first year, you don’t have to push yourself to be perfect at everything your junior/senior year to bring your grades (and GPA) back up. Trying to be perfect causes a lot of stress, and stress has a lot of unpleasant side effects. Stress not only affects your mental health, but can also cause you physical pain. Some of the mental side affects of too much stress are: Anxiety, restlessness, anger, and depression. Physically wise, you’ll deal with some pretty nasty effects there too, like headaches, muscle and chest pain, an upset stomach, and sleep problems. Prolonged stress can even cause heart diseases! Don’t take the risk. Give it your best Freshman year and you may surprise yourself!