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Academic Success Goes Beyond Good Grades

The true meaning of academic success goes beyond good grades, awards, and achievements. You have reached academic success when you find the ability to utilize your education beyond what was learned in school and use it in a way to help better society. We split apart from one another to pursue our passions, seeking answers and mastering our interests while obtaining different varieties of knowledge that is unique to every individual.

You will never find two people who have learned the same things, precisely the same way, in the same window of time. Not even learning from the same teachers at the same schools will guarantee that all students will have an equal amount of academic knowledge. Everyone’s way of learning and processing information is special.

With this being said, academic success is not uniform. Part of academic success is associated with the state of mind of an individual. The person must believe that the knowledge they have gathered in their lifetime will take them where they want to be in life, rather than the knowledge being locked away in the back of their mind going unused for the rest of their lives. There is no challenge to getting a diploma, and for most getting a degree is just as easy.

However, if you do not make use of what you have learned, it becomes a waste of time, and graduation becomes a celebration of mediocrity. For some people, academic success may peak for them after (or even during) high school. While others may feel they’ve yet to reach it, pushing themselves through years of school until they have multiple master’s degrees.

Once you feel within yourself that you’ve learned what’s needed to move forward, in order to reach higher levels of learning beyond an academic leeway, you have reached academic success. Yet while the word success implies that you have reached a goal, it does not have to equal an endpoint for your pursuit in education seeing as how education is always developing. Reaching an achievement of academic success is similar to reaching an achievement of financial success; as when you reach your goal amount of wealth you wouldn’t stop working to obtain more. You would want to continue to build up your fortune.

To briefly paraphrase, whether academic success goes beyond good grades depends on you because academic success will forever be an ongoing quest, and there is never a point where you should stop learning. The definition of academic success is not for any single person to decide, as your success should be measured by the expectations you set, and the extent of your own determination.

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Jasmine Chisley

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