How to Graduate Summa Cum Laude

It is possible for anyone

Jason Weiland

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The truth is once you get out of college, grades mean very little in the grand scheme of things. Sure, it’s nice to drop a Summa Cum Laude in an interview, but it’s doubtful it will help you get anything other than a foot in the door.

I know you don’t want to hear that.

We are pushed all our lives to excel in school — we look up to people who can exceed expectations in classwork — we put the people on a pedestal who can navigate the information we are asked to absorb and come out the other side a winner in the way of good grades. It’s how the colleges groom you to become a good employee and ensure there will always be worker bees to build the widgets. Hey, we need money. This is why most of us will willingly put ourselves in debt to go to college and get a degree. And while we are there, we hope for the best in the way of grades and accolades.

During the two years I spent in college in Arizona to get my A.A. in Multimedia, I was on the Dean’s List with Honors. 4.0 every single semester. In the year I spent at Ashford University, I became a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. I also became a fellow of the Ashford Honors College. And now, I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University Summa Cum Laude a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

4.0 all the way.

I still have not decided if I want to get my master’s, but I am sure, should I decide to pursue a graduate degree even at 55 years old, I will be successful. I’m not bragging — it just so happens that learning and college is one thing I’m good at doing. It’s the one thing I was destined to be good at. Something about the structure of classes and courses is a good fit for my mind, and I tend to absorb and retain a lot of information.

I’m good with tests, writing papers, and discussions and responses are easy for me, mostly. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m better than you.

The difference between a D+ student and me is I can memorize and retain information quickly and regurgitate it at a moment’s notice. But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t come that easy for me. I must study constantly, read, take notes, and underline. I must go over the same information repeatedly. I don’t think I’m a…

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Jason Weiland

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