Hard Work Always Pays Off

AJ Malouf
Staff Editor

College is not too expensive. You do not need a 4.0 GPA with honors in order to receive substantial scholarships. You can and will get into college with just an ounce of extra effort and a good work ethic.
The teacher who embarrassed me in front of the class for something stupid I said freshman year was the same teacher who edited the admissions essay that will help decide a large part of my future. With that, I earned a 90% scholarship to my first choice school, with a 3.4 cumulative GPA and sub 1300 SAT scores. If I can do it, so can anyone.
Imagine you are a high school senior looking back, for some this may be a reality. Freshman year was full of new experiences and new people. As long as you showed up to class and stayed awake 50 percent of the time, you most likely achieved good grades. I would guess that 80 percent of freshman get mostly A’s with a few B’s and maybe one C in a subject they struggle with.
You may be thinking it was easy, and that your grades freshman year really didn’t mean much. In reality, you put in the work to set your future self up for success. By laying down a solid foundation of good grades and a solid work ethic, you now have a benchmark that you must at the very least match, if not surpass. Pushing for an A- in freshman english when you had a solid B- may have indirectly earned you a scholarship 3 years later.
When you get your first C, or for a small number of people your first B, it hits different. There is much more regret in getting a new low grade then there is pride and excitement earning another A. You feel this way because when you achieve a goal or a new personal best, in anything, you subconsciously knew you could do it the whole time. When you fail, it hits harder. You didn’t make it. You could have, but you didn’t. Some decision you made along the way blocked your path to success.
As you are enjoying a brief moment of self reflection, or as you look ahead into your future high school career, think about earning $120K in scholarships versus applying for $120K in student loans. Hard work always pays off.

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