By Emma Bryan
When assigned this article, I was not really sure how to approach it, because I honestly knew nothing about Cum Laude. So, I began by asking people around me how they felt about Cum Laude. They responded with a chorus of, “I don’t have any idea how it works. At all.” and “I don’t know enough about it to comment.” At that point, I was stuck. However, I received a response from Faith Griggs, a junior, that really resonated with me. She stated, “I kind of want to be one, but I don’t think I can get up to that level.” In the end, I concluded that very few people know what Cum Laude is, let alone how to achieve its distinction. Therefore, I decided the best way to approach this article was to compile a list of ways to achieve Cum Laude. Here are the top ten.
TOP TEN WAYS TO RECEIVE CUM LAUDE
- Learn what Cum Laude actually is. (Side bar, it’s a distinction that is given to the top twenty percent of the senior class before graduating based on cumulative weighted GPA.)
- Don’t purchase Netflix. It’s just not going to happen if you waste entire days watching Desperate Housewives or Say Yes to the Dress.
- Lunch is for quitters—you need that half hour to cram, not eat.
- If you consider leaving your house over the weekend, reconsider.
- Try to maintain some standard of personal hygiene. However, it might be slightly lower than the average, non-Cum Laude student.
- If you score less than a B+ on a given assessment, have a panic attack. In order to offset that in your semester average, you are going to need a perfect score on the next one.
- Exercise? What’s that?
- You were invited to social functions on WEEKDAYS? JUST SAY NO.
- As hard as it may be, try to not procrastinate. Work piles up and you will not do as well as you could have.
- Don’t actually freak out, as was suggested in number six. Because, if you stay calm, you’ll be able to maintain quasi sanity. Also, without mental breakdowns, we all perform better.