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Should I drop English and take only 3 classes?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Lunasly, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Lunasly

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    Hey guys,

    This upcoming Fall I plan to take:

    Genetics w/ Lab
    Physiology I w/ Lab
    Cell Biology I w/ Lab
    Academic Writing (first year English class).

    This is a total of 15 credits (as labs are 0 credits b/c they are integrated with the lecture credits).

    Upper-level students have told me that Cell Biology and Physiology are quite difficult as there is plenty to memorize and learn. Genetics I heard is moderate, but you still have to work quite hard to achieve an A+. Academic Writing is apparently a piece of cake.

    I also volunteer at 4 different organizations for about 9 - 10 hours a week.

    Do you think this is manageable? Am I just being a little bitch? LOL
     
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  3. torshi

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    You should be good, all these classes require memorization and understanding how it works etc. Your good to go
     
  4. calimeds

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    This, my friend, is a stupid question, for the following reason:

    No one here knows how smart you are - both in terms of your fluid intelligence (raw reasoning ability) and how fast you can memorize - and how disciplined you are.

    Only YOU know that information.

    Have you taken a crapload of AP's before, rocking the A+ in all of them and scoring 5's on the AP exam? Yes? Then go for this load. No? Then don't.

    If you're not a good writer already then to get an A in your English class it may take more time than your other classes combined.

    If you don't have solid answers to these questions don't f*cking risk it dude - take the lighter load, get those A's. If it was too easy - then next quarter/semester add more.

    Don't think you need to display your academic balls to prove anything to anyone about how tough you are.

    No one gives a **** if you're a bitch or not - what matters is your GPA son.

    Good luck.
     
  5. calimeds

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    You will impress NO ONE with a tough load full of less than A's.
     
  6. TheMightySmiter

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    That's what she said...



    SORRY, sorry...I have a problem...



    Anyway, OP, three lab classes in a semester is tough. I didn't find genetics difficult at all, but cell bio was a LOT of memorization and physiology is tough (from what I hear, I didn't take this one). If the English class is as easy as you say it is, I don't see why you shouldn't tack it on. But if it's one of those classes that's easy and time-consuming, you might reconsider it.
     
  7. TheMightySmiter

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    OMG...Jesus...is that you??
     
  8. V5RED

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    All your A+ grades will show up as an A on your application to medical school(ie the plus doesn't count), so I would not worry about that.

    As long as you can manage A's in these classes you are fine.
     
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  11. Lunasly

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    I appreciate the straightforward answer without any sugar coating. :p I should first start off and mention that I am a fairly strong student in that I currently have a 3.9 GPA after completing my first year.

    I have never taken any AP classes. I am also from Canada so I will obviously be applying to Canadian Medical Schools. The thing about schools here is that on top of having a high GPA, there are also strict course load requirements. By taking a full course load ( 30 credits a year ) I will be eligible to apply to most of the schools here (there aren't many) as well as have the advantage where my academic standing will be calculated with a weighted formula that only those with 30 credits a year are eligible for. I, of course, can take the hit and not take 30 credits a year (I haven't so far in my first year) and just aim at a very high GPA.
     

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