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I am a junior in biomedical engineering.I am taking 6 classes this semester and I'm doing research. I just got back my first test for my Intro to Computing class, and I did very poorly (a low C).

I added the class last minute because I thought it
would be easy and I could get a requirement out of the way so I would have
less to take next year, but now I'm thinking of dropping it. How would
that affect my chances of getting into medical school. The class grades on
a strict curve, at which I am at the lower end. I am pretty sure I can
pull my grade up to a B if I study hard, but there is still a chance I
will get a C. This is a minor requirement for me, and I can easily fulfill
it after I apply to med school (second semester senior year).

I was just wondering how that would look on my application. Should I stay and go for a B or take the W. I am pretty sure I can pull off a 4.0 if I drop it, and I will have one more afternoon per week to do research, but if a W is that bad on my transcript, I would rather tough it out for the remainder of the course.

Thanks very much for your advice.
 

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semideadperson said:
I am a junior in biomedical engineering.I am taking 6 classes this semester and I'm doing research. I just got back my first test for my Intro to Computing class, and I did very poorly (a low C).

I added the class last minute because I thought it
would be easy and I could get a requirement out of the way so I would have
less to take next year, but now I'm thinking of dropping it. How would
that affect my chances of getting into medical school. The class grades on
a strict curve, at which I am at the lower end. I am pretty sure I can
pull my grade up to a B if I study hard, but there is still a chance I
will get a C. This is a minor requirement for me, and I can easily fulfill
it after I apply to med school (second semester senior year).

I was just wondering how that would look on my application. Should I stay and go for a B or take the W. I am pretty sure I can pull off a 4.0 if I drop it, and I will have one more afternoon per week to do research, but if a W is that bad on my transcript, I would rather tough it out for the remainder of the course.

Thanks very much for your advice.
2 or 3 W's are fine, especially with the load you now have. I would drop the class if it will make your life a lot easier. The only classes that they get skeptical about having W's in are your pre-reqs, but even then, a W or 2 would be fine.
 

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Go ahead and drop it. Having a W on your transcript isn't the end of the world. Lots of us BMEs have W's or less than stellar grades in some courses. Plus, if you can actually pull off a 4.0 this semester, it will look awesome :) Junior year is tough.
 

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semideadperson said:
I am a junior in biomedical engineering.I am taking 6 classes this semester and I'm doing research. I just got back my first test for my Intro to Computing class, and I did very poorly (a low C).

I added the class last minute because I thought it
would be easy and I could get a requirement out of the way so I would have
less to take next year, but now I'm thinking of dropping it. How would
that affect my chances of getting into medical school. The class grades on
a strict curve, at which I am at the lower end. I am pretty sure I can
pull my grade up to a B if I study hard, but there is still a chance I
will get a C. This is a minor requirement for me, and I can easily fulfill
it after I apply to med school (second semester senior year).

I was just wondering how that would look on my application. Should I stay and go for a B or take the W. I am pretty sure I can pull off a 4.0 if I drop it, and I will have one more afternoon per week to do research, but if a W is that bad on my transcript, I would rather tough it out for the remainder of the course.

Thanks very much for your advice.
If you're already semidead, I'd definitely drop it. Believe me I've been in your exact situation (except not research but other time-consuming activities) and it never gets better. I didn't end up dropping any courses despite even the dean recommending me to; however in retrospect it weould have made my life much easier. A 4.0 would be awesome and you can always take the course over the summer if you still want to get it out of the way. Best of luck.