Dropping College Courses - What To Consider

Frustrated College Student
 Frustrated College Student
 John D’Amico  

By October, most undergrads across the country are between one to two months into the first semester. It is right about that time of the semester when you might feel the desire to consider dropping one the courses for which you previously signed up. So is this alright to do? Let’s take a look.

My Personal Experiences
I actually did this myself once during my time at Rutgers University. I had to register for a total of five courses this semester. I was accustomed to taking only four courses. So this was, of course, a bit of a change for me.
In addition to that new challenge, one of my new courses was proving difficult. By the time I was finished with my first day of this course, I could already tell that this class was going to be a lot of work, perhaps more than I had ever done before in a single college course.
I made the choice to drop this class. I had to make it up later. It was part of the reason I had to stay in college a little longer than I originally intended. But honestly, I think I made the right decision.
But What Should You Do?
So is it ever acceptable to drop one of your colleges? I would say definitely yes. But when exactly is it a good idea and when is it a bad idea? Well, a lot of that can depend on your individual situation.

Consider timing
For one thing, the time that you do this could potentially make it very difficult. On the one hand, you might want to take a little bit of time to think about whether you actually want to drop the class. But the problem is that if you wait too long, you may have to pay for part of or the entire course anyway.
This is the time to make quick decisions. There’s no need to pay for a course that you’re going to drop. That’s just a huge waste of money. So get as much information as you can about the class as quickly as you can. And make sure you find out when the dropout period is.

Weigh the future repercussions
You will also have to consider a number of other important factors like whether you’ll have the time and money to make up the credits you lost from dropping the course. I mean, you may decide to add another course to your schedule that same semester to make up for the one you dropped.
But if not, you’ll have to make up those credits at some point in the future. You may have to stay in college a little longer. You might have to take a course in the summer. You need to figure out if this is feasible for you to do.

Next time, try to avoid this situation
It can also be good to know as much as you can about a course before you sign up for it so you don’t have to be in this situation to begin with. Read as much about your class as you can. Do some research on the professor and ask other students who have taken the course. There’s a lot of different ways you can get this information. You just need to put some good thought into it and you should be fine. 



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