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I am trying to not waste a year, and so I am facing an 8 class marathon in 3 semesters (winter = 5 weeks, spring = 4 months, and summer = 5-6 weeks).

I wanted to ask for your advice:
1. Is this even possible?
2. Having this amount of classes ahead of me will not make me a weak candidate (as the admission committee is left with little information about my grades - and are based only on 30 units taken, instead of the 64 required)?
3. Would you recommend spreading it ("loosing" that year) for better emphasizing on the science classes?
4. I am applying for USC Dental Hygiene Program (or at least I want to).

Below is my desired scedule - for you to consider.



Winter (5 weeks):

1.Physiology 3 (4 Units) [pre-req's: Anatomy 1 and Chem 10]
2.[Category 2] Anthropology or Art or English or History or Philosophy (3 units)

Units: 7

Spring (4 months):

1.Chem 11 (5 Units) [pre-req's: Chem 10 and Math 20]
2.Biology 21 (4 Units) [pre-req's: Chem11 (same semester = ok)​
3.Microbio 1 (5 Units) [pre-reqs: chem10, and physiology 3 or biology 3 or 21]​
4. [Category 4] Art or English or Film Studies or Music 32 or Religious Studies or Theatre arts (3 units)

Units: 17

Summer (5 or 6 weeks):

1.Chem 12 (5 Units) [pre-req's: Chem 11 and Math 2]​
2.Biology 22 (4 Units) [pre-req's: Bio 21 and Chem 11]

Units: 9

Sum of Units: 33
Units Needed: 34​


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It's possible but it will not be fun. If you think you can handle it, and won't suffer from a detrimental drop in your GPA from biting off more than you can chew, give it a shot if not spending an extra year in school means that much to you.

This past quarter for me was biochem, microbio, psychobio, and a literature class. on top of submitting secondaries/interviewing/etc. I can tell you my GPA definitely took a hit.


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Compared to Dental School I think it is easily possible, once you get used to it, you'll look back and were glad you did it. I guess that is only if you got the grades needed. It will also help you in dental school.
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It'll be good for you. Make sure you continue your ECs


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LOL, have fun hating yourself. You'll reap the benefits if you finish your plan successfully though.
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