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I'm really struggling in General Chemistry. It's really frustrating for me because I know that I can do well in the class. Covid and having to stay home constantly with my family has left me feeling depressed. I am going to talk to an advisor to see if I can drop the course and switch to another one. I fear if I continue in Gen Chem this quarter, the best I'll get is a C. I have a 4.0 GPA, and a C will drop my GPA quite a bit. Does it matter to medical schools if I take one pre-requisite P/NP? I'm annoyed because I realize now that the class isn't that hard to study for, I just let everything that is going on get to me.
 
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I'm really struggling in General Chemistry. It's really frustrating for me because I know that I can do well in the class. Covid and having to stay home constantly with my family has left me feeling depressed. I am going to talk to an advisor to see if I can drop the course and switch to another one. I fear if I continue in Gen Chem this quarter, the best I'll get is a C. I have a 4.0 GPA, and a C will drop my GPA quite a bit. Does it matter to medical schools if I take one pre-requisite P/NP? I'm annoyed because I realize now that the class isn't that hard to study for, I just let everything that is going on get to me.
Hey, you're not alone. Gen chem involves quite a bit of math, so you might want to check out your school's adivsing center for free tutoring services, or go to office hours/talk with your TA.

There is a lot of gen chem on the MCAT. Don't overlook it.
Don't blame yourself for becoming depressed; it's a mild illness that is easily treated, and a lot of people are in the same boat right now w/the COVID crap. Try to utilize apps/websites like Whatsapp/Google Hangouts/Skype/Marco Polo so that you can interact with people more face to face. I found that this really helped me. Take some time to do good things for yourself to de-stress, like journal and exercise, even if it's only for a little bit.

It's frustrating when you know that you have the potential to ace something and negative shiz gets in the way. Believe in yourself. You can do this! :)
 
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I'm really struggling in General Chemistry. It's really frustrating for me because I know that I can do well in the class. Covid and having to stay home constantly with my family has left me feeling depressed. I am going to talk to an advisor to see if I can drop the course and switch to another one. I fear if I continue in Gen Chem this quarter, the best I'll get is a C. I have a 4.0 GPA, and a C will drop my GPA quite a bit. Does it matter to medical schools if I take one pre-requisite P/NP? I'm annoyed because I realize now that the class isn't that hard to study for, I just let everything that is going on get to me.
You'll need to check with individual schools, but, in general, yes, prereqs are prereqs for a reason, and schools want to see the grades because grades are important to them. The C won't drop your GPA by "quite a bit" by the time you get your degree, if it's your only one. If you have more than one, then you have other issues that taking one class P/F is not going to solve. Schools were forced to make an accommodation last spring when so many UGs suddenly changed all grading to P/F, but most schools will not be okay with you electing to take a prereq P/F.
 
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Honestly dropping and just taking it again might be a good idea, especially since you are confident that you don't have many problems with the content itself. Also keep your head up king/queen we're all in this together :)
 
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have any schools actually said this (for either the spring or fall 2020 semesters)?
 

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