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Old 06-13-2007, 08:56 PM
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Grades - what do you guys think of an A-?

It's an A, but not a perfect one. I just got my grades for my grad studies and of the two classes, I got an A and an A-. this brings my total and final GPA to an A, but not a perfect A. So that's what's gonna be on my final record. I've been really picky about my grades since entering a grad program. Undergrad was a whole different story. Dismal grades. So I see making the grade in grad school as a sort of trying to redeem myself. This is actually my third A-. Is this something to cry about? An A- in grad school is close to a B+, the minimum passing grade.
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None of my grad classes had qualifiers on the grades.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:06 PM
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In grad school? What are you doing?

Under normal circumstances it means you took a class that challenged you.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:42 PM
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What are your plans after grad school? Do you need a certain GPA for a certain goal?

Once you're out working, depending where you go and what you do, those grades fade into the rear view mirror real quick...

So unless you've got specific GPA post-doc plans, don't sweat it. Grab a pint and congratulate yourself on an A-ish grade.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:06 AM
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it's still an A.....I'm proud of you..
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:13 AM
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What they said. An A is an A. Go get that pint and celebrate!
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:20 AM
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I've been really picky about my grades since entering a grad program. Undergrad was a whole different story. Dismal grades. So I see making the grade in grad school as a sort of trying to redeem myself. This is actually my third A-. Is this something to cry about? An A- in grad school is close to a B+, the minimum passing grade.
If you are going for your phd in astro physics it may be an issue, but in law school we had a saying: The A students become law school professors and Judges. The B students end up working for the C students.

So far it has held true. At least in my case
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:45 AM
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What are your plans after grad school? Do you need a certain GPA for a certain goal?

Once you're out working, depending where you go and what you do, those grades fade into the rear view mirror real quick...

So unless you've got specific GPA post-doc plans, don't sweat it. Grab a pint and congratulate yourself on an A-ish grade.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:40 PM
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Man as long as I get a C or pass I'm happy! They don't print your GPA on the diploma, once I get mine I will grab it and run!
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:07 PM
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I found Canadian grades much harder to earn than US grades. An A in the US started at 90 whereas an A in Canada started at 80.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:45 AM
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After 30+ years of experience in my field, nobody gives a **** about the grades I got in school...
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:09 AM
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Take it from someone who is in the university system, grades don't matter except for your own satisfaction, its the practical on the job training that will matter to you the most for your future.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:47 AM
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I'd be embarassed. An A-? C'mon, get with it.

Just kidding. As long as it's over the minimum grade required, why sweat it? Good for you for having high personal standards and the gumption to put in the effort to achieve, or nearly acheive, those standards.

As my tagline suggests, I was closer to Bluto Blutarsky.
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:08 PM
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After 30+ years of experience in my field, nobody gives a **** about the grades I got in school...
Yep, all you need is a degree, no one could care less what grades you got.
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