The most successful students are those who:
Get good at something. Do it better than most people. That's how you get hired.
Classes exist so that you can practice on your own. Learn new skills on your own. Then put that all into practice as much as you can.
Grades won't get you a job. People who hire don't care what you know. They don't care much about references. They care what you can do.
The only way you can show you can do is by evidence. So publish stories. Create videos. Design websites. Analyze data. Whatever it is you do, do that. Do a lot of that. And produce something really good that will make a good impression.
So do stuff.