You’re not just a number

Everything I wish someone had told me about test scores

Opinion of Hannah Gellar

Entering into my final year of high school and getting accepted into college I have finally realized that high school testing is not worth the stress and exhaustion that I had put on myself. Of course, it is so important to study and care about your grades, however sometimes you have to do what you can and trust yourself that the outcome will work out. Entering into my final year of high school and getting accepted into college I have finally realized that high school testing is not worth the stress and exhaustion that I had put on myself. Of course, it is so important to study and care about your grades, however sometimes you have to do what you can and trust yourself that the outcome will work out.

Freshman year was filled with a million flashcards, countless hours of sitting at my desk crying, and an endless amount of stress. With midterms just around the corner, I have finally come to the realization that test scores are not the end-all-be-all life-changing indicators of success.

I know it is hard to think about, but if take a second to close your eyes and imagine your proudest accomplishment in the next five to ten years I can promise you it will not be your GPA or class ranking. You will be proud of graduating with a degree you have a passion for, most likely forgetting about all the A’s and B’s accumulated over the course of your high school education.

Take it from someone who not only worked hard in school but also once really, really valued the numbers and letters. After expensive SAT tutoring, one on one time with my teachers after school hours, and continuous effort, I have realized that standardized tests are not nearly as important as we are conditioned to  believe.

I’m not telling you this because I think it’s cool to be apathetic. Just a few months ago I desperately cared about my test scores, even though I came off like I didn’t. I’m telling you because I have learned that if you put all your energy into grades, it’ll be your greatest disappointment. It has taken me four years to learn that grades are only a small portion of what allows you to succeed in the future.

After applying to college and writing supplements, essays, and creating my resume, I came to the realization that as a student, I am so much more than a number. What counts is your unrelenting diligence, what you put your hands on to make this world a better place. Your contributions are tangible which cannot be measured solely by pieces of paper.

It is good to want to excel and do well in school. However, it is no good when you do your best and let the outcome eat away at you. By the time you graduate, you won’t come out with A’s, you will come out of the world with a greater knowledge to help shape your own perspective. No matter the A or C, it’s what you do with this knowledge that matters the most. So for all the students who can spend hours and hours to get a B, take a breath. You will succeed. You will get into college. But more importantly, you will be who you strive to be, and no grade will define who that is.

When you’re taking your midterms and studying until your eyes gloss over, remember one thing: it’s not the value of the number; it’s the value of the person that matters in the real world.

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