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i had tough time that made me get many Ws , even though they were
hardship withdrawals, it's too many.. seriously...many
i'm really worrying about this. and
my gpa isn't that good either.. (3.2)
haven't taken MCAT yet..
 
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i had tough time that made me get many Ws , even though they were
hardship withdrawals, it's too many.. additional to 2 Ws i already had....
now i got more than 6 Ws...cuz of illness....
i'm really worrying about this. and
my gpa isn't that good either.. (3.2)
haven't taken MCAT yet..
W's can be excused or ignored. A 3.2 GPA is much harder to ignore. So is a low MCAT. So, my advice would be to really worry about raising your GPA and prepping for the MCAT. Then after those two things have been achieved, the W's will look a lot less important.
 
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W's can be excused or ignored. A 3.2 GPA is much harder to ignore. So is a low MCAT. So, my advice would be to really worry about raising your GPA and prepping for the MCAT. Then after those two things have been achieved, the W's will look a lot less important.
would 3 Ws be bad?
 

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would 3 Ws be bad?

More than 1-2 may bring questions. 3+ is looking like a pattern. You need good reasons for them. Your GPA, etc., is also important in all of this. Patterns matter more than individual data points.
 
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how many credits have you done? make sure this do not happen again if its only your first or second year.
check my post, 3 Ws over the entire college career can be explained, you need not worry too much.



would 3 Ws be bad?
 
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how many credits have you done? make sure this do not happen again if its only your first or second year.
check my post, 3 Ws over the entire college career can be explained, you need not worry too much.
i only got 1, i was just hypothesizing. so 2 is the most i can do without raising any questions? see i like to W on a class if i see it failing hard lol.
 

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i only got 1, i was just hypothesizing. so 2 is the most i can do without raising any questions? see i like to W on a class if i see it failing hard lol.
That's exactly why adcoms take a dim view of Ws. Having 5 in a single semester is OK if you had a serious accident or something like that but 3 spread out to avoid bad grades looks chicken-hearted.
 

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well...
i had tough time that made me get many Ws , even though they were
hardship withdrawals, it's too many.. seriously...many
i'm really worrying about this. and
my gpa isn't that good either.. (3.2)
haven't taken MCAT yet..
How many exactly? Were they all at once or have they been over your entire college career? But I agree with those above, raising your GPA and getting a good MCAT score should probably be what you worry about most at this point.


That's exactly why adcoms take a dim view of Ws. Having 5 in a single semester is OK if you had a serious accident or something like that but 3 spread out to avoid bad grades looks chicken-hearted.
I owned a chicken once when I lived on a farm. That thing took the crest off of a rooster. She takes offense to your stereotyping! :laugh: Sorry I went on a tangent because I miss her.

But seriously though, I wonder if it isn't a good idea just to take a C as opposed to a W. I mean when you get a W they can only assume the worst and a C for sure isn't as bad as it could get...
 

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But seriously though, I wonder if it isn't a good idea just to take a C as opposed to a W. I mean when you get a W they can only assume the worst and a C for sure isn't as bad as it could get...
Take a C and retake the course (if that's allowed at your school) and get an A. Those combine to be two courses worth 3.0. If you take a W and then repeat and get the A you've got one course worth at 4.0. If you don't repeat the course you have no effect on gpa. If you take the C and don't retake you have one course at 2.0. Taking the C is much worse (in my mind) than the W. There can always be reasons why someone decides on a W (including that the course is not covering what you had hoped it would, not as challenging as you hoped it would be, conflicts with something important on your extracurricular schedule such as child care pick-up time).
 

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Take a C and retake the course (if that's allowed at your school) and get an A. Those combine to be two courses worth 3.0. If you take a W and then repeat and get the A you've got one course worth at 4.0. If you don't repeat the course you have no effect on gpa. If you take the C and don't retake you have one course at 2.0. Taking the C is much worse (in my mind) than the W. There can always be reasons why someone decides on a W (including that the course is not covering what you had hoped it would, not as challenging as you hoped it would be, conflicts with something important on your extracurricular schedule such as child care pick-up time).
Ohh I didn't know that!
I just assumed W=bad
thank you! :]
 
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That's exactly why adcoms take a dim view of Ws. Having 5 in a single semester is OK if you had a serious accident or something like that but 3 spread out to avoid bad grades looks chicken-hearted.
 
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They're both bad.

It's like the circles of hell.
 

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Yes, and I do agree that 3 W + 1 C is better than 4 C's.
 

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I owned a chicken once when I lived on a farm. That thing took the crest off of a rooster. She takes offense to your stereotyping! :laugh: Sorry I went on a tangent because I miss her.
:scared:
 

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What about W's accumulated because of class shopping? My college had a very short add-drop period, and some semesters I intentionally overloaded on classes so that I could see which ones I was most interested in taking. I got a few W's doing this, but I always withdrew early in the semester, and my grades were never at stake. Would it be worth it to try to explain something like that in applications?
 

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Yes, you really should explain and justify your scorched-earth method of college course selection...

How many are "a few W's"?
 

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