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I am starting O chem, 2nd semester Gen chem plus animal biology together next semester. Anyone else have done this? Any advice? I pretty sure i got a easy teacher, my friend got an A+ in it (bastard! jk) So hopefully i will do well too.


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I think the important thing is to know your own limitations.

While I was an undergrad at Columbia, at the start of freshman year the academic advisor told me to take Calculus, Gen Chem and Bio, plus all the freshman core courses for 19 credit hours per semester.

Despite my misgivings I went along with it and it was the most stupid thing I could have ever done. Throughout my freshman year it felt like I'm always skating on the edge of disaster-- The courseload was so heavy I was amazed that when the smoke cleared I still had a 3.0 average for that year.

Luckily I only had Physics and O-Chem in my sophomore year and that pretty much completed my Pre-dental requirements. From then on I decided never to take more than 17 credits per semester and make up for it in summer session.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have insisted on taking only Gen Chem and Bio for my freshman year and make up the calculus class in summer session. If I had done that I think my GPA would have been 3.5 for that freshman year.

To quote a famous ancient military philosopher, know thy enemy and know thyself. Do it only if you are truly confident of your own capabilities and you know what you are getting into.

Good luck!


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Tom gave superb advice!! Listen to what he has said.

Having said that, you asked for those who have done a schedule similar to yours: I have. Simply, that doesn't mean that you can, or that you should, or even that you shouldn't. Plan so that you can succeed, not so that you can take a zillion credits in one semester. 17-19 is the usual amount of credits I take each semester.

In the end, you are the only one who can answer your question.