Naturally, I won’t limit this question to Mary or Richard. Just from reading their posts over the past several months, they seem to be quite dialed in on their advice; striking a balance between “Rah, rah you can overcome anything” to “Get your head out of your arse.”
Here’s the situation:
- Took general biology as pre-req to bio I over the summer and earned an "A."
- Took chem I over the summer and earned an "A."
- Taking 11 credits this fall: chem II, bio I and pre-calc.
- Working a full-time job and which has had me on traveling a bit over the past month.
- Typical family obligations as husband and father of two (ages 10 & 6).
- Have a solid A in biology and should have an A in pre-calc (prof is slow to grade).
- Hanging on to a B by the skin of my teeth in chem II. Concepts not that difficult, just not getting in the required study time to get the material through my thick head.
- First chem exam: 82. Second chem exam (with little study time): 58. Ouch.
- Running the math, I will have to score in the 90s on the next two exams, quizes and lab to ensure I end the class with a "B".
I'm waffling between my ego pulling a Rocky story and coming back with fantastic scores for the last half of the semester; and my realist saying to cut my losses with a "W" and re-take chem II in the spring with only 7 credits (two classes) for the semester instead of the 11 credits (three classes)I'm taking now.
So there it is: Pride vs. (as Richard says) jumping through the hoop with a good GPA.