In the process of updating my resume last week, I took a peek at the resumes of a few former co-workers. All of them included their final UC Berkeley GPA on their resume, so I figured I might as well.
When I've done hiring over the years, I've always been amused by people who included their UC GPA "to date" on their resume, and even more amused by the people who still included their high school GPA on their resume. Accordingly, I can't even remember for sure if I ever included either of those figures on my resume. I might have at one point, but it's been years since I actually have.
But my final UC Berkeley GPA seemed somehow more conclusive, and the same people who I'd laughed with about "to date GPAs" during hiring had included their final GPA on their resumes.
So I typed "3.277," and then stared at it for awhile.
"That's all I've got to say about the last 4.5 years of my life?" I wondered.
I could probably write pages about any one of the 35 classes listed on my transcript, but in the end,all it comes down to a few assorted letters, which in turn come down to even fewer numbers. The particular grades I already got in some of the classes are already starting to fade, and I was surprised when I looked at my transcript to see that I got a B- instead of a B in some class.
If the particular grades are already starting to fade, for how much longer will I remember the classes? I suppose that's one of the reasons I tried to write so much of it down.
But I'm still afraid that my last memory of college when I'm old and grey will be "3.277."