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how bad is a "W" on a transcript?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by GamjaXnamjA, May 27, 2008.

  1. GamjaXnamjA

    GamjaXnamjA 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2008
    Im taking "advanced writing" class and its my last english class that is required, but the teacher is really weird, we do lots of useless art projects and i'm not learning anything out of it, for example, i have to make something that relates to geology and we are going to display our projects at a local children's museum.. wtf?.. i still have no idea what i'm going to do for it and its due this friday... The problem is, there is so much work to do that its interfering with my other classes and even with my social life. I hate it and always dread going to that class, the drop deadline already passed so if i drop now i will get a W, if i have only 1 W in my transcript, how bad will it look?
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  3. Caesar

    Caesar In Memory of Riley Jane Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    hSDN Alumni
    Welcome to SDN, use the SEARCH feature to find a million and one threads on this exact topic.
  4. soparu

    soparu 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2008
    dear potato, is it really tough to see what everyone else is doing and do something similar? :)
  5. greg1184

    greg1184 10+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2006
    W = weener.
  6. horhay1241

    horhay1241 5+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    W's aren't that bad. I have quite a few, and some interviewers never even asked about them. Just have a reasonable explanation for it, and it seems like you do.
  7. muscles

    muscles student of the month 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    It's not a good idea; if you ever get a W, it won't exclude you from interviews BUT you better have a good explanation for why it happened (eg: wife/mom was extremely sick, etc...). The reason you provided would not hold up very well in an interview for medical school. You will leave the interviewer wondering how in the world, if you dropped a class because it was boring and interfered with your personal life, how you could ever survive medical school. There are many classes in med school that are boring and interfere with personal lives - that is the essence of medical school.

    My advice, put in the work, tough it out and it will be over before you know it. We ALL have our own stories about awful classes we had to suffer through...
  8. BrainBuff

    BrainBuff 10+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    There is no explanation needed for a W. Everyone knows that you either did not know the subject you were gettting into or were failing miserably at it and were afraid of taking a hit on your GPA. Let's be real here.
  9. nu2004

    nu2004 5+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Los Angecagoveland
  10. greg1184

    greg1184 10+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2006
    One W has absolutely no bearing on your admissions. If one makes it a habit, however, that is a different story. It is MUCH better to get a W than a C or lower.

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