A GPA Does Not Define You

Just because 

4.0 knows the equations of quantum mechanics 

Doesn't mean that he is smarter than 2.0

1.0 might not know the terminal side of an angle 

But 1.0 knows that one of the angels in the sky is the mother of 1.5 

And the white lines on the pale skin of 3.5 

Are not a coincidence 

But the after effects of a father's fists

And just because

4.5 knows how to handle differential equations

As well as be able to recite every detail of the Vietnam War

Doesn't mean

That the war in the mind of 4.5 

Will allow 4.5 to live much longer

Just because

3.0 doesn't understand the essence of physics

Doesn't mean that 3.0 is daft

Maybe

Just maybe

3.0 knows how to thread beautiful words together

to create aesthetic heart-wrenching poetry

And one day

3.0 will be famous

But no one will care

Because a 3.0 

Is not a 4.0

And nothing below a 4.0

Is acceptable

Because everything below a 4.0

Is nothing at all. 

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