Making the grade from two perspectives

May 14, 2019 | Vivian B. Blevins, former community college president, via Troy Daily News

How important are college grades? Is it how much money your family has, how much in demand your profession is, what political clout you exercise, what your graduate school plans are? Or are grades a measure of what you have learned for whatever reason?

Edison State Community College varsity basketball player Caleb Maggard of Marion, Indiana, has some advice on earning grades while juggling classes and a collegiate sport. “Basketball is a tough game and there are obstacles and adversities that a player must overcome with the time-consuming hard practices, conditioning regime, and the games themselves. “ Maggard’s plans are to attend Purdue University this fall and major in structural engineering. He understands the value of good grades and what it takes to earn them.

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  • Establish priorities. “ I try to get all my school work done the first three days of the week. Procrastination is the enemy. Follow the syllabus.”
  • Carry a calendar, a paper folder indicating what’s due. Don’t use your phone for this because of the “ temptation to get caught up in social media.”
  • Surround yourself with people who are like you.” Live lazy, sloppy, and you’ll fall behind.”
  • “Stay neat, stay focused, get stuff done.”
  • If you’re having an academic challenge, talk to your professor. Find out what you need to do. If you need a counselor, they’re there for you.
  • “Forget the idea that things are given rather than earned.”