Is it just me but why does a 3.9 look so much better than a 3.8? I know there were some threads in the past saying how 3.7+ and they just tick the box for GPA, then look at your other qualities, but in my eyes as a college student, there is just something about a 3.9 that just separates itself from a 3.8, kind of like how GS/MS/JPM are all considered "top tier" for IB but there is just something about being affiliated with GS that separates you from the rest. Ditto for McKinsey vs. Bain/BCG.
In my eyes, a 3.8 is a grade that is "achievable" through sheer effort and will.
A 3.9 however, isn't something that can be achieved only via dedication but (to colloquially put it) you must simply be "heads and shoulders above the pack".
Do you guys agree, or am I just being a pathetic college kid obsessing over a stupid ordeal? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. I'm talking about this in a general sense; I know some schools have different grading policies so yes, obviously this will not apply to a school like UChicago. Plz don't flame me