Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Dropping a Class is Okay

When it comes to college classes, you have to know what you can handle and what's right for you. I've found, as a student, that I often associate someone dropping a class with failure, which isn't accurate.

At the beginning of this semester, I was signed up for 17 credits worth of classes (to give you an idea of how much that is, the maximum that you're allowed to take is 18 credits) as well as working and being apart of a leadership program on campus.

Everything started to pile up to the point where I wasn't getting enough sleep, and the quality of my work was going down significantly. Even though I knew it wouldn't make a big difference in my graduation plans, I was slow to drop one of my classes from this semester. I thought that everyone would view me as a failure because of it.

After talking to my adviser and finding out how often students actually drop classes, as well as the benefits I would get from only having 14 credits (the classes are each typically worth 3 credits) I went ahead and dropped the class.

For a few days I walked around feeling like I had a huge neon sign following me around brightly telling everyone that I had dropped a class - I felt like everyone knew and was looking at me differently. Like when you have a pimple and you feel like everyone is only staring at your pimple and not you.

However, I was able to get more sleep and be less stressed and I was staying on top of my homework better! Everything felt more manageable for me - like I was in control of it all.

I wish that more people were aware that it's okay to drop a class a two if you've got too much on your plate. Dropping a class doesn't mean that you're a failure, it means you're taking matters into your own hands to accomplish what you've set out to accomplish. For me, at least, I wouldn't be as successful as I have been this semester if I was still taking 17 credits.

I hope this was somewhat helpful, I'll see you on Tuesday.

No comments:

Post a Comment

 photo side.jpg
 photo copyright.jpg
envye template.