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High kids getting good grades

High kids getting good grades

Nicole Henson

April 16, 2017

Thanks to Jeff Spicoli's burnt out character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High the stereotype that students who use marijuana don’t care about their schooling has been around for decades. In reality, just because someone may be looking forward to getting high after class doesn’t mean they aren’t ...

C’s only get degrees

C's only get degrees

Nicte Hernandez

December 6, 2016

“C’s get degrees” can be heard all throughout college campuses. One is told that unless we are going on to grad school, our GPAs do not matter or have an effect on whether or not we get a job post graduation. This way of thinking may get the degree, but if one keeps this mentality in the real...

Soccer player succeeds on the field and in the classroom

Junior Lindsey Dias winds up to kick the ball in a game last semester. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Esther Briggs

February 10, 2016

It's a special feeling to be able to put on your school's uniform and lace up your cleats before stepping out onto the soccer field. However, there is also something to be said about holding the third highest GPA for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I and Division II Scholar...

College degrees are just a stamp

Photo credit: Helen Suh

February 1, 2016

Would you allow someone without a college degree to perform your major brain surgery?Consider this: the only skills in the brain surgery career path currently unlearnable outside the academic space are sensitivity to death and real practice on cadavers. Both are necessities, as intimate neurosurgical knowledge...

What your GPA actually represents

Illustration by Katherine Kurz Photo credit: Katherine Kurz

December 13, 2015

Most college students attend classes in hopes of passing with a decent grade. In fact, a student's entire college career is judged almost solely on their cumulative grade point average. Students are taught to get the best grade possible in a course in order to be considered successful in their academic...

Working Wildcat: Experience employers value over GPA

Ariel Hernandez Photo credit: Kasey Judge

Ariel Hernandez

April 4, 2014

A high GPA might represent achievement in a college classroom, but it doesn’t ensure your success in the work force. While there is hardly a valid excuse for doing poorly in a class, a bad grade doesn’t stain you with incompetence to a recruiter. Here are five things that can matter more ...

Study follows path to graduation success

Study follows path to graduation success

Enrique Raymundo

March 28, 2014

One in three Chico State first-time freshmen did not graduate from the university in a study spanning from 2005 to 2013.The study was created by the provost’s office to help come up with ideas to improve graduation rates at the college, said Jeffrey Bell, leader of the data task group and chair of the biology ...

Stop striving for straight-A’s

Valerie Teegardin

March 11, 2014

After years of schooling, students are now conditioned to believe that good grades will get them a good job; as if an A is equivalent to success. If that's truly the case, then it's reasonable to assume that a student who proves their dedication to education by pulling straight-A's will be more favorable in ...

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