This is similar to a thread posted earlier and I wanted to get a little feedback concerning my situation. I am not a degree seeking student or anything, and I have the opportunity to do research with a professor. Currently I am registered for 12 hours. Would it be a bad thing to drop down to 11 hours and have a little more time to do research for him? He actually wants me to take fewer classes than that to have more time to work but I would really like to take classes to prepare for medical school. At the same time, I think it would be cool to jump into a lab and get a few publications and research experience. Do you think that taking 11 hours shows an inability to handle a tough course load? I took 14 hrs this semester and will ace all the classes, on top of working a part time job.