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Are straight A’s more important in college? Or is networking more important?
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Posted 8/26/11
I am asking this because I will be graduating HS early to attend college and people (even teachers) are telling me that spending time building a network of powerful friends may be more important than studying 60 hours a week earning straight A’s and that I really need to improve my people skills. I will never be a social butterfly and I think good grades would be a more valuable asset.
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Hmm, I'd say that they're both important but getting good grades is more important because you're probably not going to get a higher grade just because you're friends with for instance the teacher.

Though if you have some friends in high places you'll be able to get into better schools etc.

Overall if i were you i'd invest 70% of my time on getting good grades and the remaining 30% on building up a network
but you shouldn't forget to have fun in school aswell =P
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Posted 8/26/11 , edited 8/26/11
Straight As can help you get in to any university but one must never forget that you need friends or acquaintances to help you on your endeavor. Remember that there are fields that is beyond your understanding.

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Networking, for sure. It's important not to slack on your studies, but I think being a well rounded student(clubs, sororities, etc, etc) are extremely valuable to your future, in most careers. My husband has glided by in life based on about 50% who he's been lucky to know, and 50% dedication to work, his actual schooling has had little to do with it(and he is a pretty successful guy). That said, what he actually LEARNED in school is valuable to him and his capability to put his best face forward.
Posted 8/26/11
Networking is more important.
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Internship >Networking>Grades

Having on the job experience when you graduate is far better than just being social with people in the business. A cold fact is that most college graduates have to be taught from the ground up to be profitable if they have no industry experience. A significant investment that doesn't make much sense in this job market.

Knowing people in the business is more important than grades. No matter how good you look on paper, you always look better when people can easily put a face and personality to the resume.

Not having the grades makes the whole college experience a huge waste of time and money. Nothing looks worse to HR than a barely passing new grad that you've never heard of with no work experience. Well.. a criminal record maybe..

Can't skimp on any, but aggressively go after those internships. Paid or unpaid. Can't start soon enough.
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I think networking is more important than straight A's. One of the reasons for going to college is to start a career. A positive recommendation from a professor, other faculty member, or previous boss is more persuasive than listing a high GPA on a résumé (it still looks good though if you have just finished your degree). Those same people can also present you with opportunities that give valuable experience. In addition, having good interpersonal skills is a great asset in almost any career. In many cases you will be working as part of a team under a project manager or, eventually, as the project manager and need to be able to cooperate and handle other people.

Earning high marks is important but should not be your only focus.
Posted 8/26/11 , edited 8/26/11
"Networking" as mentioned above makes it seem like another big part of college or uni. Do your grades people that's why you're there; to get your studies worth. Networking happens as you chat with people everyday on your campus.

P.S You're not required to go out of your way and do sexual favors to have people recommend you. Down here teachers are really helpful and would sign off any decent student. Networking is not a big social passage of rights. It's as easy as asking.

The other important thing is work experience, get that even if it's voluntary unpaid. EDIT: Forgot, if anything the best networking opportunities come from here.

PS I had to look internship on Google to get my official understanding of it. In Australia we tend to say work experience or an Apprenticeship.


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Posted 8/26/11
Both. : )
If you wanna have straight A's, study hard.
Networking is important too.
If you have some projects, friends may help you.
Posted 8/26/11
A's will help you get scholarships and other benefits, while connections will help you have a broad career path..... I just say find the middle of both of them so you have both the scholarships and connections
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It depends on what you might try to do with your degree. For the most part, though, don't worry about getting a perfect GPA, even if you are trying to get into a graduate school after getting a bachelor's degree (which I wouldn't worry about too much just yet, provided that you end up choosing a major that is actually worth something). Having several friends is important, and internships/employment opportunities not only help you get "real world" experience but can also enhance your social network (speaking mainly from experience as a math tutor during my undergrad years).

Just try to avoid getting grades that are too terrible. While most businesses aren't looking for people with 4.0 GPAs, they aren't exactly going to hire people with GPAs below 1.5 very often. And try to have at least some friends.
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Study hard and get to know people. All you need is above a 3.0 f you want to continue your education after the baby classes. I'm in my last year and I know grades are great, but you need connections which is really sad. Trying hard sometimes may not be enough in society.
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If you become smart and very successful you will be one of those people that everyone is trying to get connected with so study hard and let people come to you. But I don't mean not to be social just try to do what you can but don't over commit with just that when studying hard and getting a good education is more important
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Straight A's aren't important, period. You have have a decent GPA and still get funded for college. Scholarships only pay for so much anyway. For college, sports tend to pay for more and a decent average/networking to get into a Grad School, if you're going. Most colleges have grad programs already that just require a 3.0 to get into. You can take junk classes after you finish or retake some classes to raise your GPA if you need it.
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when your life begins to fall apart, friends can be far more help than grades...think of it as the good grades are your skill set, the friends all have skill sets with which to assist yours, allowing you to achieve things you otherwise could not. After graduation, friends come in to play far more, if you need a few extra dollars to pay living expenses, your friends, not your grades, are likely to be the ones to help you through. And even in school, if your having trouble in a subject, a friend who knows will be far more beneficial
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