I’m scheduled to take OChem 2 and Physics 1 (lectures/labs for both) in my post-bacc program. I’ve never taken physics ever and math is my weakness. I spent an hour at my mom’s this afternoon where she told me that physics was one of her most challenging classes in undergrad (she was a bio major but not pre-health). Both my post-bacc advisor and other post-bacc students think this course load is reasonable, especially since I work part time and I’m taking the same Ochem instructor that I had this past semester who is easy. The physics instructor I’m planning to take is the best of the physics 1 instructors this coming semester (as some physics instructors are really bad per other students), and she splits the class up into groups for lab.
I’ve been working with a tutor since I started the program last year who I will continue to work with, and I started working through Khan Academy’s physics library. I have a week from the first day of class to drop without penalty (no refund & a W on the transcript). Although I initially agreed with my advisor 4 classes is fine working part time and showing med schools I can handle a rigorous course load, I now have second thoughts after talking with my mom. I had a video appointment with a founder of a premed group who also has a non-traditional background and she said adcoms didn’t ask why she didn’t take a rigorous course load. Depending on how I feel working through KA and the first class, I could see myself dropping physics 1 and taking it in the fall with biochem (3 classes total since biochem doesn’t have a lab). I feel that being honest about my struggles with math is essential and that good grades should take priority over the number of courses a term. As I’ve been researching different med schools, many screen for GPA and MCAT scores before sending out the secondaries. GPA is very important to me since I’m not the strongest standardized test taker. With the various opinions I have received, I’m more convinced that a low GPA will keep me out of med school than will taking fewer courses a semester with strong grades.
Any thoughts appreciated!