nybrian

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Hey,
I'm in community college. One of my classes this semester is Gen. Chem. The higest I could get in this class is a B, and I don't think I can do that. Should I take the W. Take my chances by working uber hard for a B? How badly would a W look? I took over the amount of credits my advisor told me to take. 4 credits over. She told me to take 12 credits because I just got out of remedial classes. What will I be able to write to medical schools if I take a W about this grade?
 

RySerr21

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Hey,
I'm in community college. One of my classes this semester is Gen. Chem. The higest I could get in this class is a B, and I don't think I can do that. Should I take the W. Take my chances by working uber hard for a B? How badly would a W look? I took over the amount of credits my advisor told me to take. 4 credits over. She told me to take 12 credits because I just got out of remedial classes. What will I be able to write to medical schools if I take a W about this grade?
you shouldn't take a W if you are worried about a B or even a B-/C+. it won't kill you. you'll have to do well in future courses....but thats assuming you get a C. just work hard and get the B.
 

Bromination

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If you are 98% sure you will get a C, I would take a W. A C can bring your GPA down while a W won't. Just don't make a habit of these W's, especially in your prereq's.
 
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pride4jc727

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I agree with the previous post. Taking a W would show that you can't handle the course work. It's not to say you do not have the ability but your stock in facing adversity will take a hit in the eyes of the adcoms. So take the B and work hard in your other pre-med prerequisites. Use this as a motivating factor, not as a hindrance!! Good luck and go get that B+ or B.
 

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Dude, a couple Ws won't hurt you as much as a C.
 

Tin Man

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Dude a B at a community college is gonna look bad. I'd say, take the W.

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Please.

Realize that some community colleges out there, well, you know, have transfer credit abilities. That means that those four year universities you seem so proud of are actually willing to let the barbaric, oafish community college muddle through a chemistry course and teach people how to turn straw to gold, and STILL give credit that represents the university in all of their shining glory.

Remember that some community colleges out there are created specifically for those who can't afford doing all four years at a regular university, and while we understand that while the Bank of Daddy ends up with a good loan for most students who look down on community college credit, for others, there really isn't a choice.

But jeez, Dr. Dookie, I'm sure you'll do fine. Eventually, I'm positive that as a doctor, you'll learn that some people simply don't have the means to take care of themselves as you do, and that some people's problems are a little worse that their Frappacino being too warm or crashing daddy's Jaguar on the way to private school. Eventually, I'm sure you'll learn that the doctors already out there see these sorts of things, have accepted numerous students with community college credit, and that you'll learn to do your research and show a little thoughtfulness before opening that piehole. That way, you won't stick out like a turd in a punch bowl at all the coolest medical school parties.

Savvy?
 

Doctor Doogie

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Please.

Realize that some community colleges out there, well, you know, have transfer credit abilities. That means that those four year universities you seem so proud of are actually willing to let the barbaric, oafish community college muddle through a chemistry course and teach people how to turn straw to gold, and STILL give credit that represents the university in all of their shining glory.

Remember that some community colleges out there are created specifically for those who can't afford doing all four years at a regular university, and while we understand that while the Bank of Daddy ends up with a good loan for most students who look down on community college credit, for others, there really isn't a choice.

But jeez, Dr. Dookie, I'm sure you'll do fine. Eventually, I'm positive that as a doctor, you'll learn that some people simply don't have the means to take care of themselves as you do, and that some people's problems are a little worse that their Frappacino being too warm or crashing daddy's Jaguar on the way to private school. Eventually, I'm sure you'll learn that the doctors already out there see these sorts of things, have accepted numerous students with community college credit, and that you'll learn to do your research and show a little thoughtfulness before opening that piehole. That way, you won't stick out like a turd in a punch bowl at all the coolest medical school parties.

Savvy?
I did not mean to say that community colleges are looked down upon. Generally when a person transfers from a CC to a University, their GPA is bound to go down due to harder classes. From what I've seen most CC students normally get A's.

Anyways if I have offended anyone, please forgive me.

DD
 

littlealex

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Please.

Realize that some community colleges out there, well, you know, have transfer credit abilities. That means that those four year universities you seem so proud of are actually willing to let the barbaric, oafish community college muddle through a chemistry course and teach people how to turn straw to gold, and STILL give credit that represents the university in all of their shining glory.

Remember that some community colleges out there are created specifically for those who can't afford doing all four years at a regular university, and while we understand that while the Bank of Daddy ends up with a good loan for most students who look down on community college credit, for others, there really isn't a choice.

But jeez, Dr. Dookie, I'm sure you'll do fine. Eventually, I'm positive that as a doctor, you'll learn that some people simply don't have the means to take care of themselves as you do, and that some people's problems are a little worse that their Frappacino being too warm or crashing daddy's Jaguar on the way to private school. Eventually, I'm sure you'll learn that the doctors already out there see these sorts of things, have accepted numerous students with community college credit, and that you'll learn to do your research and show a little thoughtfulness before opening that piehole. That way, you won't stick out like a turd in a punch bowl at all the coolest medical school parties.

Savvy?
Uh... some of my high school classes gave college credits that transfers to the UC system. And those classes were easy and BS.
Just because a 4 year gives credit to a class doesn't mean the class isn't teaching alchemy.

I'm not saying CC chemistry classes do teach you alchemy, but I also still won't equate it to a 4 year uni class.
 

nimbusadjust120

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Hey,
I'm in community college. One of my classes this semester is Gen. Chem. The higest I could get in this class is a B, and I don't think I can do that. Should I take the W. Take my chances by working uber hard for a B? How badly would a W look? I took over the amount of credits my advisor told me to take. 4 credits over. She told me to take 12 credits because I just got out of remedial classes. What will I be able to write to medical schools if I take a W about this grade?
B is ok but W is not so good. Get a B is better than a C. Just work harder to pull up your GPA while on your way to a 4 year university. Don't get W. Get a B, do well in your MCAT and make it an upward trend.:)

All the best for your exams.
 

Tin Man

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Uh... some of my high school classes gave college credits that transfers to the UC system. And those classes were easy and BS.
Just because a 4 year gives credit to a class doesn't mean the class isn't teaching alchemy.

I'm not saying CC chemistry classes do teach you alchemy, but I also still won't equate it to a 4 year uni class.
You DO realize that chemistry is chemistry, regardless? Like, the Ideal Gas Law or the Ksp of Ca(OH)2 is not going to change just because you're at a community college. They don't round their numbers. They don't get to use open book tests. They aren't exempt from learning how to calculate the Ka of an acid based off of a given molarity.

It's the same material, and the "ease" of the material is only based on the effectiveness of the teacher. Even so, even IF the teacher was handing out little iguana stamps on papers to every student regardless of how good they were doing, isn't that the point of the MCAT? Wouldn't a horrible physical science score be a dead giveaway if the class grade was an A?

Adcom people aren't stupid. In fact, I would venture to guess that the only reason a four year university is expected to be harder than a community college in ANY pre-req class is because you have three hundred people in the room instead of only thirty. At a community college, the teacher is more accessible, it's easier to get help with things you don't understand, etc. You know, things like the teacher actually TEACHING the material can sure make the difference when it comes to the difference between an A or a B...
 
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