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I am a junior undergrad, I work about 25 hours a week and I am married as well. I am wondering whether or not a 12 hour course load is sufficient in displaying time management considering being married and working? I could take 15 hours, and risk a drop in my GPA and display time management or take 12 hours and feel confident in my GPA but show less time management due to less to manage. Any suggestions?
 
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Is 12 hours enough to keep your financial aid? If anything, cut back on work hours but even working 25 hours/week you should be able to take 15 credits. Being married really shouldn't take away from your study time.
 

CleverThought

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I had a classmate in undergrad who was taking either on the high end of part time, or low end of full time course load and working full time as a RDH. When she wasn't interviewed she had a meeting with the woman at her state school in charge of admissions and they said they would have interviewed her had she had a fuller course load.

Keep in mind that's anecdotal and n=1, but it really couldn't hurt to add one more class. Even an easy, non science class to fill up your load. I took 16ish credits every semester, while married, while working 3 jobs. It can be done!
 
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Wall2Wall

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I had a classmate in undergrad who was taking either on the high end of part time, or low end of full time course load and working full time as a RDH. When she wasn't interviewed she had a meeting with the woman at her state school in charge of admissions and they said they would have interviewed her had she had a fuller course load.

Keep in mind that's anecdotal and n=1, but it really couldn't hurt to add one more class. Even an easy, non science class to fill up your load. I took 16ish credits every semester, while married, while working 3 jobs. It can be done!
Agreed. It all depends how earnest you want your goals achieved!
 
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Thats what i was thinking. I've been grinding at the rate of 15 credit hours and 25hr work week with a minimum of 8 cresit hours of sciences. Therefore, I know I can continue, I just wasnt sure whether or not the trade off of 12hrs for.increased GPA was worth it. With 15hrs, my GPA is about a 3.4
 

BYU4you

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I've been married, worked a 20 hr/week job and have taken about 14 credit hours each semester. Some of those classes being pretty easy ones and then some being Ocher/physics at the same time. Definitely doable. I wouldn't take much more than that though.

Also, I would choose a higher GPA with 12 hrs rather than a lower GPA at 15 hours. Just my opinion.
 
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OrphanageCaretaker

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Depends is it 12 hours of basic G.E. courses or is it Orgo 1, physics 1 and bio 1?
 

Greyangel6

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I did mostly 12 and 13 credits most semesters save a few semesters of 14, 15, and 17 credits. But my intention was to get high GPA to compensate for other things I lack on my app. And it worked out fine. I got into my state school and got navy's scholarship :) so if you think you can handle more than 12, go for it but if not, it won't kill your chances at dental school.

FYI, I got 3.95 sGPA and 3.94 oGPA, 21AA, 146 hours of shadowing, 60+ hours of community service, 32 hours of research, a few TA positions, and a mediocre PS. Like I said, give some more thoughts about what your priorities are.
 
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Many dental school websites specifically say that applicants should take at least 15-16 credits per semester to show that they can handle a heavy course load and that they definitely take course load into account. Take that for what you will, as it is the only fact that's shown. The way I see it is if you take 12 credit semesters and have a 3.7 gpa, you will look better than someone who took 15 credits a semester and has a 3.5 gpa. However, there will always be the people who took 15 credits a semester and have a 3.7 gpa. Those people now looks better than you do, assuming everything else is equal.
 
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