Why Your Grades Are NOT The Defining Feature Of Your Life

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today’s post is sort of going to be a follow up to my school goals post – in which I stated I wanted to stop letting my grades define me. A lot of people said they could relate to this, which was so comforting to me! So today, I’ll be sharing the reasons as to why your grades are not the defining feature of your life right now, and hopefully it can act as a reminder to myself too! Let’s jump into it!

School Is Only Temporary

If you think about it, throughout the course of life, you are only in school for around 15 years maximum, because then you’ll move onto university, jobs etc! The average life expectancy is around 73 years. That’s only around 20% of an average life in school. Therefore, your grades will feel like the most important thing in your life right now (and don’t get me wrong, they are still worth working for).

But in the bigger picture, your grades will only account for a small portion of your future. I’m sure you will go on to do even bigger and better things after you leave school. So, don’t feel like they are the defining feature of your life because that can stress you out when your tests and exams are only temporary in your life. don’t go to plan

They’re Only Determined From One Performance

I’m not sure about globally, but most schools where I live determine your grades based on a final exam rather than class performance (that’s how GCSEs and A-Levels work). This may work in a lot of people’s favours. But can sometimes go against them. As it means that even if you vigorously prepare, you don’t know what external factors could come into play on the day. Besides from the exam preparation, you have no control over what’s being asked, how long it will take to get there etc. These are all things that could alter your final grade, all because it’s determined from one exam on one day.

The point being, that your school life will still go on even if things don’t go to plan on exam day. Of course, make sure you succeed on the factors you can control, but besides that, you need to realise that there are other factors that aren’t taken into account when deciding your grades. Therefore, your grades are not a 100% accurate reflection of your performance – so please don’t let that define you if you don’t get the results you wanted.

You Have So Many More Aspects To Your Education

I know that when we think of the word education, one of the first things that comes to mind is grades. Nowadays, there’s growing pressure through social media and other factors to have the perfect grades and essentially romanticise your school life. Don’t get me wrong, grades are important. But we’re forgetting about other important educational aspects such as extracurricular activities and volunteering which play just as large a role in your future as your grades.

In 10 to 15 years, I’m sure a lot of employers will be focusing on your extracurricular activities and work experience that’s listened on your CV much more than your grades – as they show the hands on work you can do. Yes, work hard to make sure your grades show as much of your potential as possible, but please don’t overwork yourself because you also have other parts making up your education too.


Writing this post really acted as a great reminder for me as I have been going through my first week of school. I hope it can act as a reminder for anybody who feels like this too, remember your worth and know it’s much more than your grades! Thank you so much for reading, let me know any other advice you have in the comments.

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18 thoughts on “Why Your Grades Are NOT The Defining Feature Of Your Life

    • Zainab

      Ahh Cathy, your lovely comment for some reason went into my spam! Anyway I’ve recovered it, and I’m so glad to hear your first hand experience is true to the post! I’ll definitely keep this advice in mind and hopefully everyone else can enjoy too! Thanks for reading! ☺️

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  1. haoyando

    I mean I hate the grades when I was in school. The problem is I was never happy to have A or B. When I had A, I felt sorry for people who didn’t get A; when I had B, I felt sorry for myself. When I had C, I went mad. It’s a no win situation. I like school only because things were structured in school, which enabled me to escape my dysfunctional home life.

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  2. AnitaEzema

    This is a wonderful post. And I will be writing a post about this very topic as well soon! I have always hated the traditional way of education. You know, our grades only reflect what we can stuff into our heads before exams. They don’t reflect our interests and activities outside the classroom. I have always had a time memorizing things in high school, and I would always have some problems with some teachers who would insist I had to write everything in their notes back to them on the test days. Gosh, that was annoying.

    But I have grown to understand that grades are merely propellers in our lives. After high school, they basically don’t matter especially during employment.

    I truly love this post and I will tag you when I publish a similar article on my website. Have a great day💖💖

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    • Zainab

      Yess I totally agree! I wish they took into account things like extracurriculars, volunteering, interests etc! They’re just a reflection of the academic side of your life. Looking forward to reading your post Anita!

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      • Zainab

        Oh wow yeah I guess so! It’s probably just schools then that only take academics, and then universities take into account other factors. I wish schools took them in though because it could hugely benefit young students!

        Ahh that’s so cool! Have you ever met her?

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      • AnitaEzema

        Universities consider extracurricular activities and interests but still consider the SAT as the most important aspect of your application. The SAT is simply a structured test and many people don’t have access to the resources to prepare. Still a shame! I wish things could be better!

        I have never met Jade but she seems to be a very sweet soul!

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  3. Sabrina💭💛

    As always, what a lovely post✨. Yes! A huge reminders that my history teacher from last hear always used to give us is that your grade for a certain subject is just a reflection of one or two papers that you wrote. Not always how hard you studied, how you always do homework or participate in class. Getting a bad grade is discouraging but girl you said it, “that can stress you out when your tests and exams are only temporary in your life.” School goes on! And exams only last a few weeks. Can’t beat yourself up for one bad grade. Thanks for the reminder🌚!

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