James Sharer: Excellent Grade Point Average

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Education, Society

James Sharer is a student at Pennsylvania State University, where he is majoring in Biology and planning to go on to medical school. To date, he has kept up a 3.74 grade point average. This is an extension of his outstanding high school career, where he had a 3.66 grade point average and became a member of the National Honor Society.

The importance of a student’s grade point average (GPA) may differ depending on their chosen career, and there is no doubt that an excellent GPA will serve James Sharer well when he begins applying to medical schools. The general consensus, however, is that work experience is more important than grades. But a good GPA doesn’t hurt one’s chances of landing a job in a competitive labor market.

Some job counselors actually advise job seekers to leave their GPA off of their résumé, unless it has a direct bearing on career choice, as in the case of James Sharer. Others say it is a perfectly legitimate thing to include, especially for younger job seekers without a lot of experience, or who may just be entering the job market. If nothing else, they say, a good grade point average demonstrates that a job candidate is a hard worker.

The Dean’s List is another index of performance, and James Sharer has been named to the Dean’s List at Penn State on three occasions. Nearly every school has a Dean’s List: that roster of students who have performed particularly well during the previous semester or school year. It is a prestigious honor because, like a high GPA, it demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence and the ability to rise to the workload, however heavy it might be.


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