Handling the GPA question with a bad GPA.
So I graduated with a pretty terrible gpa (way closer to a 2.00 than a 3.00 and let's just leave it at that :[). I struggled early on and truthfully I came with pretty much zero relevant skills out of highschool. Most of my math is self taught, still I got the BS instead of the BA in CS. Did Calc1&2, Calc based physics 1&2. I can do the stuff, but I got Cs and Bs rather than As. And of course, some Ds and Fs sprinkled in.
Usually I try and spin it to something positive about overcoming struggle and having to be self taught with a lot of prior requirements for my courses, but I'm worried that this comes off as too defensive.
How would you handle it? I feel like the question comes up and my entire tone changes. I'd like to be able to portray how it means nothing to me and that I'm very confident in my skills, but I don't think it's coming off that way.
My in major GPA wasn't much better, but I finished strong. Even took some grad level courses and got As. I mention that, usually.
For the record, I did spend a lot of time post-graduation brushing up on some weak areas. I think I'm pretty well rounded right now. I tend to interview really well, so to me it really is a matter of making them see that it is no big deal.
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