Stressed out about a "W"

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Greetings all. During my very first quarter as an undergraduate, I dropped an unnecessary Math class (an introduction to math intended for pure Liberal Arts majors...which I was at the time; I am now a dual major in English and Biology, a strange mix but I'm a man of broad tastes:D) with a W. By the time I realized it was unnecessary it was too late to drop it without the W. Being the newbie I was, I dropped it with a W anyway (unaware that it would look so ugly on a transcript), as it was a class that required a pretty good deal of work and I was loaded down with other more important classes at the time. I was also extremely stressed due to my roommate attempting suicide. I don't want to make excuses, but it was a tough time for me. I ended up taking a much more difficult Calculus class the next quarter...yet I fear that the one W will damage my chances of being accepted to Medical School. I'm in the 3.9+ GPA range, and have yet to take the MCAT. I'm vehemently opposed to dropping anymore, and have yet to encounter a situation where I would have to drop. Unfortunately for me, my advisor scheduled the introductory Math class, unaware it was a class that I didn't really need. Once again, I hate to make excuses, but feel sort of robbed of a fine transcript because of one single little W marring it. Will this deeply affect my chances of being accepted to a medical school? I hope you all can help me out, I'm awfully paranoid about the application process:scared:. Thank you in advance for the help.:)

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Greetings all. During my very first quarter as an undergraduate, I dropped an unnecessary Math class (an introduction to math intended for pure Liberal Arts majors...which I was at the time; I am now a dual major in English and Biology, a strange mix but I'm a man of broad tastes:D) with a W. By the time I realized it was unnecessary it was too late to drop it without the W. Being the newbie I was, I dropped it with a W anyway (unaware that it would look so ugly on a transcript), as it was a class that required a pretty good deal of work and I was loaded down with other more important classes at the time. I was also extremely stressed due to my roommate attempting suicide. I don't want to make excuses, but it was a tough time for me. I ended up taking a much more difficult Calculus class the next quarter...yet I fear that the one W will damage my chances of being accepted to Medical School. I'm in the 3.9+ GPA range, and have yet to take the MCAT. I'm vehemently opposed to dropping anymore, and have yet to encounter a situation where I would have to drop. Unfortunately for me, my advisor scheduled the introductory Math class, unaware it was a class that I didn't really need. Once again, I hate to make excuses, but feel sort of robbed of a fine transcript because of one single little W marring it. Will this deeply affect my chances of being accepted to a medical school? I hope you all can help me out, I'm awfully paranoid about the application process:scared:. Thank you in advance for the help.:)

It was your first semester of school and your grades are otherwise fine. Honestly, don't spend any more time worrying about this, because there are a ton of other things that are more worthy of your time. No school is throwing out your application because of one W (especially if the rest of your application is fine).

And, if you do get asked about the W, just be honest about what happened: it was your first semester, you were overwhelmed with a lot of stuff, you did what was right for you and everything worked out in the end. It actually shows some maturity
 
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Greetings all. During my very first quarter as an undergraduate, I dropped an unnecessary Math class (an introduction to math intended for pure Liberal Arts majors...which I was at the time; I am now a dual major in English and Biology, a strange mix but I'm a man of broad tastes:D) with a W. By the time I realized it was unnecessary it was too late to drop it without the W. Being the newbie I was, I dropped it with a W anyway (unaware that it would look so ugly on a transcript), as it was a class that required a pretty good deal of work and I was loaded down with other more important classes at the time. I was also extremely stressed due to my roommate attempting suicide. I don't want to make excuses, but it was a tough time for me. I ended up taking a much more difficult Calculus class the next quarter...yet I fear that the one W will damage my chances of being accepted to Medical School. I'm in the 3.9+ GPA range, and have yet to take the MCAT. I'm vehemently opposed to dropping anymore, and have yet to encounter a situation where I would have to drop. Unfortunately for me, my advisor scheduled the introductory Math class, unaware it was a class that I didn't really need. Once again, I hate to make excuses, but feel sort of robbed of a fine transcript because of one single little W marring it. Will this deeply affect my chances of being accepted to a medical school? I hope you all can help me out, I'm awfully paranoid about the application process:scared:. Thank you in advance for the help.:)

W's dont effect you at all...
i mean as long as you dont have a W every semester ..
you'll be fine..
 
you are too paranoid and neurotic. No one cares about a W, only patterns or large amounts of them. Your situation is fine. If it makes you feel better i have a few Ws and no one asked me at interviews and Im accepted now. So calm down !:) you have a 3.9 you are perfectly fine.
 
Thanks for the replies everyone! I'll admit, I am paranoid, but these replies have made me feel a lot better...thanks a lot.
 
1) Take deep breath.
2) Repeat X 10.
3) You'll be fine. One W never hurt anyone.

What about 2? I only dropped two when I knew I was going to fail and the teacher helped all the other students except for me.:mad:
 
What about 2? I only dropped two when I knew I was going to fail and the teacher helped all the other students except for me.:mad:

Adcoms look about academic trends. 2 isolated Ws don't make a trend. However, 2 Ws with bunch of Ds sprinkled in and maybe an F somewhere will raise red flags.... 2 Ws in an otherwise solid transcript of 3-4 yrs is nothing to be concerned about..
 
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