feature, The Survival Issue

Stop, Drop, or Roll With the Punches

 By Alexis Maxwell

As students face the mid semester scramble of  ‘Will I pass’ and thought of ‘Am I happy with this grade’, some are debating as to whether they should drop one or more their classes.

The class drop limit for college students is capped at six, so the dilemma that some have  is to drop a class or to push through to the end of the semester.

One way to know recognize why to drop a class is admitting to the stress of the workload. Darrion Williamson comments how she had to drop her History 1302 class last semester because of how many classes she was enrolled in:

Darrion Williamson
Darrion Williamson poses from a photo in the Technological Instructional Building Room 107. Photo by Alex Maxwell, March 2019.

“I was taking four classes already and it was a lot more work than I was anticipating,” she said, “So I just didn’t have time,” Her mistake can teach others that it can be difficult to admit that you took on too much, but instead of slaughtering your GPA sometimes it is better to have a W on your transcript.

Another way to recognize that you should drop a class is by keeping track of your grades. Some teachers reserve the right to drop their students from their class according to Professor Thilo Schimmel.

Prof. Thilo Schimmel
Lone Star College-Kingwood history professor Thilo Schemmel stands in front of class for photo in Technological Instructional Building Room 107. Photo by Alex Maxwell March 2019.

He said that “I only drop those students who have failed academically, meaning that even if they get straight A’s, 100%, anything from here on out, can no longer pass the class.” Although in some classes there may be enough assignments to bump your grade up, be aware of your skill level and know when the gap is too much to cover.

Another potential reason why a student would or should drop a class is because of their learning style. Preston Riebold dropped his English 1302 and Chemistry 1401 classes because of the amount of work he had to do online. He said that “In all [his]  classes that [he] signed up for were in-person lecture classes, because that is [his] learning style,” but because of the many class cancellations earlier in the semester he was forced to take these courses from different professors.

Preston Riebold
Preston Riebold sits for photo in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Student Conference Center North Hallway. Photo by Alex Maxwell, March 2019.

This led him to not receiving the grades he had initially aimed for, so in the end, he had to make the decisions to drop the classes and retake them over the summer.

The thought having to pay for a class again may be stressful, but having the opportunity to achieve the highest grade possible is something worth looking into. If you are still considering whether or not you should drop a class, consult your professor and advisor and fill out a drop form because the last day to do is April 2nd.
Click Here for class drop form.

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