OK, I already know what you're thinking. You're wrong. Grades do matter. Well, turns out, you're right. They sometimes do. But then again, not at all aspects of life. With that said, don't stop studying entirely because some stupid guy said, "Look what! Grades don't matter. You don't need to study!."
OK, time to get serious. If you want to get into an ivy league college, you definitely need to study and get that GPA to 3.7, but in the case where ivy league colleges don't matter to you, and you have average grades, your pal here has come to help you.
Now, here's the sad truth: ivy league students get a higher leverage compared to others when it comes to jobs, but I assume that the reason for your average grades is because you're a huge performer in the case of extra curricular activities, which your ivy league comparison probably doesn't (if he or she does you're screwed), and guess what? Extra curricular activities are probably a good way to gain higher leverage because grades wont be that uncommon. So you have one less thing to worry about (depends on if you're as described.)
Now my previous statement wasn't probably a strong point against grades, but bear with me.
Now another thing is, a lot of institutions look for hard workers. A+ students already prove that, but when you have average grades, colleges will be extremely happy if they see that you display extremely good improvement and try to get better grades, so they'll probably choose you because you're a person that can be moulded as a future leader in the respective subject.
A very definitive thing in a person is their creativeness, their out of the box thinking, etc. Good-graded students are practical bookworms. They're very introvertish and can't get out of the jail of the textbook. Average graded students have the ability to wonder, to ask questions and challenge, making you an extremely better candidate because you can solve problems and develop ideas with your out of the box thinking. Good news, isn't it? You're now smarter than your next door bookworm.
These creative people also become the most successful. Their ideas shaped our world today. Take Steve Jobs, for example. He wasn't extremely successful in school and he was a college dropout, but he managed to create a product that shaped the future and helped us reach unknown feats.
Average students are also the most productive, since they don't focus on academics like crazy, they work on other things, such as art, coding, reading, etc. They do a lot more things than your A+ student does. They multitask and try to brainstorm instead of keeping their noses in books all day. As a result, they also receive a lot more admiration on various projects.
Now to my next bit of procrastination: After you graduate college, no matter which university you graduated from, you start on the same basis as an intern. Now, the future is determined on how well you execute the chance you have been given, and if you're a hard worker, you'll probably show the finger to your A+ classmate.
But the biggest privilege given to an average student is being carefree. They are not afraid to live life to the fullest and take risks nobody else can think of. They have desperation and drive in them that allows them to shine through better than A+ students, who are usually careful and very careful to take risks and don't have the ability to get up from mistakes whenever necessary. Average students have made mistakes all their lives, so they have figured out their own unique style of getting up from mistakes and adapting everywhere possible.
Take heed to my thoughts, not too much, but heed it enough so that, at the end, you may believe in yourself and the fact that over the top grades don't matter, hard work, passion, and a strong will will matter. Believe that futures can exist without having perfect grades and believe that you can do stuff the A+ egomaniac can't.
- A crazy teenager.