At The Boston Globe Ellen Ruppell Shell of Boston University basically encourages students not to spend so much time worrying about their GPA. I think her advice can probably be broken down into something all Williams folks can appreciate at least in the ideal: Take courses that challenge you; take courses that you want to take even if you might not do well in them; experiment.

I was not the greatest student ever to darken the campus of Williams. I was probably one of the worst (college is wasted on the college aged). But I recall one moment distinctly. One of my history professors pulled me aside toward the end of the only class I had with him (he still is on the faculty, I believe) and told me that independent of what grade I got, he thought I’d done a great job in class and that we all get too hung up on grades. It was a gesture I really appreciated and have never forgotten.

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