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retaking chemistry after withdrawing

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by esquia, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. esquia

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    Okay visualize this:

    I took chemistry in the summer for a few weeks and ended up withdrawing earning me a 'W' on my transcript (not negative in GPA factoring). I'm taking chemistry now (same class, 1210/general chem 1) and will get a decent grade out of it. However, I will be leaving on my mission in May and so I was thinking rather than jump into 1220/general chem 2 after two years of not having chemistry I would retake 1210 and get an A this time around as well as a refresher having not taken it for 2 years.

    So what do you think would be better?

    1) having a 'W' in chem 1210. Getting a C in 1210, retaking it and getting A. So that's chem 1210 three times on my transcript. Then take 1220 and getting an A because of having recently taken 1210 again.

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    2) having a 'W' in chem 1210. Getting a C in 1210 and going into 1220 possibly getting not as good as grade as I could have because of a poor 'C' foundation in 1210 two years ago.

    I guess my overall question is this: is getting a W, a C, and then an A in the same class just too dang much? Would I be better to take the W, C and just move on.
     
  2. rinse-n-spit

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    Why don't you take the second half of chemistry before you leave in May and have the entire year done before your mission?
     
  3. esquia

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    because then I'd have to start organic after 2 years of not having chemistry when I got back.
     
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    Sure that could be a problem, but I don't think the equations and mathematics of gen chem really prepare anybody for organic chem. I can't say that withdraws look all that bad on an application, but I'm sure it causes adcoms to question why you withdrew. Then again if you do only get a C this semester taking the class over would probably be very beneficial. I guess I would say if you get a C take the entire year after your mission. If you get a grade that you can live with than take the second half and be done. I would rather have the 2 year break between gen chem and organic, than the gen chem semesters.
     
  5. esquia

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    yah true true - thanks for your help.

    I emailed a couple schools and they all said to retake it because an A will always look better than a C. Only one school (Creighton) said that if I got a C or higher not to retake it.
     

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