School provides a huge menu of possible metrics to chase.
GPA is a popular one.
So are things like number of friends, number of in-class comments (most or fewest), number of activities, number of pages in a given paper, amount of assigned reading to complete, prestigious jobs and internships, and many more.
There is often immense pressure to pick certain metrics: successful people are overcommitted, the culture seems to say. Or, lack of preparation is a status symbol.
The question is, do you know which metric you’re currently chasing?
And is it in fact a metric worth chasing?