Yes, you did read that correctly. Grades do not determine our worth or our future rather, our work ethic, passion, and dedication to learning do. But let me make a slight disclaimer here before you stop doing your AP physics homework because “Nia said grades don’t matter.” It is always important to work hard at what you do and value the education you are given. Just because you got one bad grade on an English paper does not mean you are doomed to failure when you’re 35. Grades do not define who you are, so don’t let them control your life. I have seen way too many students, including myself, losing sleep and skipping meals just to study more and get good grades. However this extra stress ruins the educational experience and results in zombie-like students who just want that A. Just be aware that if, and when, you get back that French test with a C- on it, you’ll survive.