Treasured guidance in grad school

Staring into the uncertainty of tomorrow can feel overwhelming. It is easy to believe that all our options for the future hang on one major life decision in the present. When I was approaching my second year of grad school, I realized I had an important decision to make: I could either take a course that was guaranteed to result in an “easy A,” or choose a more demanding class with a professor who was known to be a tough grader.  

At that point, I wasn’t yet sure about my career path after graduation, but I was hoping to go on to earn a PhD. If I earned a lesser grade in the more difficult course, my grade point average would drop and immediately decrease my chances of admission to a preferred PhD program. But the more difficult course would better prepare me for success in any PhD program once I arrived. I was torn between needing an impressive transcript and wanting a stronger foundation for my career. 

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