My grades came back a few days ago and I was pretty disappointed. I was worried about failing, but I passed, so I got that going for me at least. But still, I was disappointed in my grades since I studied pretty hard.
So I took 3 classes this past quarter, two of which were general education courses and one engineering course. My GE courses were Globalization of Asian Women and Introduction to Philosophy, my engineering course was Signal Processing. My Philosophy class I took pass/no pass, and I got a pass. The Globalization course was a total joke; no studying at all, barely did any of the reading, a 5 page paper of utter bullsh*t and I got an A in the class. My signals class that I did poorly in at first, I pulled out with a B-.
Yeah, for an engineer, the grades look pretty good, so you might wonder why I’m not happy with them. Here’s why. Two courses are GE and one of which is pass/no pass. To an engineer’s point of view, there is no reason why that the class that is most important out of the three, I wouldn’t get at least an A-. When and if an employer were to look at my transcript and see this, they wouldn’t approve of this quarter and question me about it, expecting a very good explanation for this.
My overall GPA went up, but my major GPA went down and my upper division GPA went down. I feel that my major GPA is the most important GPA. Yes, a simple number should not define who I am. But sadly, industry and employers do not think so. That number is the best and simplest thing they have to do an initial evaluation of applicants.
Yeah, I may be too pessimistic about it. But let’s be real. Any employer who looks at my transcript will, without a doubt, question it and immediately assume that I was lazy that quarter, which is partially true.