By Madison Medeiros

Students are told they should always go above and beyond— we are told that we should always strive to be our best and accomplish everything we put our minds to.

But, why should students go the extra mile if we will never reach an A+ as a grade in the end? We are being told we cannot reach our full potential, or rather our full potential will not allow us to succeed.

Classes are all structured differently at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs). Most offer extra credit or a variety of different way to improve grades. Whether it be attending an event such as a club meeting, completing a project instead of taking a final, or committing to a leading role or position offered in that specialized course: there are ways to boost your grade.

In classes such as art, dance, creative writing, independent studies, etc., how exactly can an instructor grade one’s ability to complete the various assignments?

I leave my classes fully knowing I contributed all I could, but also fully knowing that my grade will never reflect that. Am I wrong? Have you received an A+? I believe most students feel this way.

Students do not fight for the grades we rightfully deserve. Yes, there are grade appeals one can file. But, when you enjoy the class, have a good relationship with the professor and already earned an A, how can you? Students do not want to make waves or undergo some long process. Why argue for an A+ if it realistically no longer exists?

I earned A+’s all throughout high school, but why is it when we come to college, it is completely out of my reach? Students accept this as a norm and do not ask questions. But, that norm is damaging. That norm is telling hardworking students such as myself that your contributions will never be enough.

Should we do away with the A+ all together? Are teachers fearful that it will appear as favoritism? Even if that student has completed every assignment to the best of their ability, attended all classes and contributed to discussions?

These are questions I wish more students would ask, and that more professors would address. Really, what ever happened to the A+ and when will it come back?