ToothAche_nc

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Hey all, I am very hesitant to drop my organic chem 2 lecture however I feel like I need to because I am doing poorly in it. The whole class is actually not doing well partly due to a new professor who has a different style of teaching. Long story, short: his exams are extremely tough. I go to a small university and there was only one organic chem professor who taught both orgo 1 and 2. He had a very different style of teaching and I guess it was more "direct" and we knew what would be on the exams. In this class, we don't really know what to expect in part because the professor expects us to know the material. I know it's no excuse but I really can't gamble with not knowing how the rest of the semester will go. The old professor will be teaching orgo 2 next semester and I figured I could drop now with a W and retake it in the spring of 2017.
I do have pretty hard classes this semester yet it's just 13 credit hours including a genetics course(4 hour) and an organic chem 1 lab (1 credit), because I didn't take it while taking the orgo 1 lecture due to no space availability.
I have dropped a few courses before and I realize this is not the best option but I simply cannot afford anything below a B anymore. I don't have the highest gpa as well due to a horrible 1st year but I have pulled it up a lot. I'm currently a junior and still have 3-4 more semesters before I graduate. I am trying really hard to get the best grades as possible and take my entrance exam for either medical school (mcat) or dental school (dat) by next fall. I am still debating what I want to do in the health professions.
I have to decide this soon and was wondering what would be my best option? I'd really appreciate any and all advice. Thanks!
 

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If you really don't think you'll do well enough in it, consider dropping it. As stated above, a W > C/D/F. You'd hafta retake any of those anyways, most likely. Just try not to make it a habit. And do something productive with your extra time because you'll be below full time student status at 10ish hours. So consider financial implications, etc etc before making the decision.
 
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ToothAche_nc

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I am really considering it, the only thing is it will be a big waste of money, I guess this is worth it though in the long run I'll basically have to take it again and pay for it next term. Yeah and I'm not sure what to expect, I could possibly make a B but I may very well end up with a C...or lower. Also, I have dropped before. I dropped last fall but re-took the course (statistics) and made a B. I also dropped my first year, partly due to me being stupid and not focusing my first year in undergrad.
 

ToothAche_nc

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If I audit though, would that look a little better on the transcript. I think at my school you can audit and it shows up as AUD.
 

Ho0v-man

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I had to drop gen chemistry 2. **** happens. Dropped physics 1 also. Got plenty of interviews and multiple acceptances with about 20 W's on my transcript.


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OP: Drop that **** and make it your bitch during the spring.

I had to drop gen chemistry 2. **** happens. Dropped physics 1 also. Got plenty of interviews and multiple acceptances with about 20 W's on my transcript.

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There's no way.
 

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@Jordan95

It is possible. Look @Ho0v-man post history. I remember Ho0v-man was in the underdog thread for the 2015-16 cycle (I was following that thread). He had a high GPA despite the 20 W's he has mentioned. This goes to show that adcoms don't just look at numbers alone, but they also look at the applicant as a whole.
 

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There's no way.
It was over 10 years ago. I would just sign up for classes and never attend them, mostly because I was an immature idiot. I cancelled a bunch of interviews, but of the 5 I attended, it was brought up at 4 of them. I think if those w's were not so old and I hadn't crushed my prereqs, things would have been very different. I never had to use grade replacement though

Edit: filling out aacomas was very depressing.




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OchemOficionado

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Does anyone know if NP (no pass) are viewed the same as Ws?
 
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My concern for you OP is that you make sure you take this lesson with you. In your studies, in your training and your life you're going to be faced with many different teaching styles, some good, some bad, some innovative, some old-school. You are going to have to learn really fast to be flexible and adapt with what you're given and create success, because if you get your wish and get into a school, dropping things is and pushing them of isn't going to be an option. I say this with a bit of tongue in cheek because Calc 2 is taking my lunch money and I'm probably going to end up dropping it at the very end of the late drop period with the goal of at least getting as much exposure to the material as possible before I bail. Just something we all need to keep in mind.
 
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They count as W in that they don't affect your grade. But failing a pass/no pass course might be frowned upon like a W.
Thanks! I figured, but just wanted to hear something else anyway, haha.
 
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