As you all know, the course listing are out for fall 2013 classes. As I backpacked my required classes for my major and minor, I found myself frequently accessing the professor’s review on Rate My Professor…not necessarily for a review on the professor’s overall excellence, but to see whether an A is achievable. There is such a pressure to graduate with the highest possible GPA that often, I am discouraged from taking the class with the brilliant but impossible-grading professor and I instead take the mediocre (boring) professor whose class I know I will do well in. It bothers me that I do this because I do value my education (and stimulating education). Still it seems, the promise of a good grade often outweighs the promise of a B+ with an amazing professor. It’s a horrible way of going about education. I wish I was able to thoughtlessly select the tougher professor whose class would push me outside my comfort zone instead of the professor who would help boost my GPA.