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Too Tough of a Courseload

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by nikeshp, May 29, 2008.

  1. nikeshp

    nikeshp Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2008
    This is for second semester of next year. I plan on taking:

    A philosophy course required for graduation
    A psychology course required for graduation
    A communications class

    the first two are really hard according to people who have taken it
    communications is easy but time consuming.
    dont know about the philosophy and psychology
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  3. sully677

    sully677 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    Definitely doable...
  4. nikeshp

    nikeshp Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2008
    i can not take philosophy and psychology, but i would need to take some course in addition to those in order to keep scholarships (i need 30 credit hours a semester, but am taking only 13 next semester, with 4 labs)
  5. What up doc

    What up doc FLASH 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    lol no...easy schedule if u ask me


    biochem 2
    mamilian physiology
    clinical psychology
    developmental psychology
    calc 3
    differential equations

    and thats actually pretty chill (no physics YAY!)
  6. [pj]

    [pj] 7+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Like Nike says: Just do it.
  7. james1988

    james1988 Banned

    Mar 9, 2008
    depends what your philosophy course is like and who teaches it. is it an analytical philosophy course or continental philosophy course? a philosophy course i took last semester was by far the most difficult course i have taken in my academic career (it was also the most enjoyable course), my point is that philosophy isn't easy, and if it's a hard philosophy course, this may make your schedule very difficult. still doable if you're efficient though.
  8. mbe36

    mbe36 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2007
    I had the same schedule my Junior year.

    Study ahead of time and don't leave yourself with a cram session. What helped me most was reviewing each class shortly after each lecture and looking ahead. Believe me, it makes a world of difference if you even take 15 min to look ahead in material. This may be a tough schedule, but you can make it easy on yourself. Good luck!
  9. 186321


    Jan 29, 2008
    I agree.. maybe its not easy, but its definitely not a killer schedule.
  10. Isoprop

    Isoprop Fascinating, tell me more 5+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    :confused: that sounds like a tough schedule to me. good luck to you OP. :luck:
  11. nikeshp

    nikeshp Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2008
    does anyone know if it would be possible to take all of these courses abroad somewhere?

    i really want to study abroad, and second semester next year is the best time for me to do it (first semester junior year - mcat, second semester junior year - prepare application, all senior year - more med school stuff) i might not be able to take all of these courses. if i can't take biochem and physio, im not goign to go abroad, taking comm would be a big help, the other two would be good but not necessary
  12. DoctorDreamer

    DoctorDreamer In a far away land... 2+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Whether of not you can take them abroad completely depends on the program... Just check with your school.

    As far as the difficult, eh... If you can't handle it, you're gonna find it tough to handle all you'll have to do in med school and beyond. I've definitely seen and had harder semesters that turned out just fine.
  13. nascardoc

    nascardoc Daddy to 2 kiddos 7+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Livonia, MI

    The schedule looks fine, definitely doable. By chance, did you mean 30 credit hours per year rather than per semester?
  14. DoctaJay

    DoctaJay bone breaker Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    San Diego
    I would say that the best thing to do is what you are most comfortable with. If you know that you can't handle alot of tough courses at the same time then don't do it. But if your desire is to get into medical school then you are simply putting off the inevitable. In medical school all you have is science classes. Individually, medical school classes are not hard, but its the balancing act that gets most students. Learning how to balance challenging classes early (i.e.-before med school) is better than learning when you get there. Really try to develop your study skills now so that when you get to medical school you will only need to do minor readjustments rather than a complete overhaul.
  15. What up doc

    What up doc FLASH 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    to be more depends on what your goals are...i mean, okay it may be a little more difficult to bust out a 4.0 this semester but that is not every1's true, and honest goal...u mite look at it this way...

    Biochem (definite A,A- has 2 be its a sci:D)
    Physiology (again definite A,A-)
    A philosophy course required for graduation (B+, A-)
    A psychology course required for graduation (A+) tho i did get an A- in a psyc course this semster str8 up papers tho argh
    A communications class (A+)

    so u shud really only trip over that philosphy course like james suggested...find out how the prof pick a prof?
  16. nikeshp

    nikeshp Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2008
    well the good thing about my school is that any A is a 4.0

    So I have to aim for a 90 in every course, I think im going to go with it. hopefully i will be able to find a study abroad program where i can take the majority of these courses
  17. anomalous738232

    anomalous738232 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    very well put. i know a lot of ppl are saying your schedule isn't too bad, but for someone like me (who hates reading), taking philosophy and psych would be a sore punch to my GPA. but like the med student says, it's good to try out the "heavy course load" at least once in your u-grad. it will teach you a lot about yourself (if you're even capable of handling it, or how to manage your time efficiently). last quarter, i thought i was going to die half way in-- i was taking all science courses, all w/ labs. the initial round of midterms SUCKED. i bombed one, and barely hit average on everything else. the classes itself weren't hard, just time consuming. especially b/c i like to do "college" things and go out often, i thought i'd never find enough time to study. but isn't it amazing how the human mind and body works? it can adapt to just about any situation. somewhere along the bend, i learned how to study more efficiently. i used to be the kind of student that liked to read everything, memorize like crazy, and know every little fact about absolutely nothing-- now, i know if you just get the BIG picture, all the rest falls into place. it's pretty cool how it worked out. it's almost like you re-wire your brain; enabling you to filter out the crap, and put together a logical scheme of what's going to be on the exam.

    good luck. i'm sure you'll be fine
  18. Wylde

    Wylde 7+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Honestly, this looks like a normal schedule for most people (I think, at least for me it does). Definitely doable.
  19. Farcus

    Farcus 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
    My Bed
    I dont think its that bad

    I'm taking Ochem 2 + physiology so its relatively similar to what you're taking for science classes.
  20. Ella Shepherd

    Ella Shepherd Screen. Stage. Studio. 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    It's not too heavy a course load. I'm sure you can handle it. :) :luck: :thumbup:

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