This is a post about W’s!
I have one W on my transcript, from my freshman year. I simply signed up for too many classes (since I work full-time) and missed the drop date. I am now a jr. at a 4-year university and am struggling with an accelerated Pre-Calc and Trig course. I am still working full time, and have a full course load. I am barely passing the pre-cal/trig. I am tempted to stick it out, but if I didn’t pass, I’m thinking that would be worse than taking a W and re-taking it later. I have a 3.8 GPA, and the W won’t hurt that, but a D or F will. Not to mention, the school would allow me to re-take it, but said they won’t replace the original grade - so adcoms would see it. Is this a big deal?
Which is worse, two W’s or a D or F, that is replaced later by an A or B?I am an excellent student otherwise and am confident I will graduate with great grades.
You are right… a â€œWâ€ is better than a â€œDâ€ or an â€œFâ€, especially in light of your otherwise good GPA, just be aware they WILL ask you about it (probably on the â€œopen recordsâ€ interview) since it is so new (I actually got asked about a 20 year old â€œWâ€)
However, it is definitely â€œyour badâ€ for trying to rush with some accelerated courses with an already full plate. That is all water under the bridgeâ€¦ what is done is done, do not let this wreck your goalsâ€¦ you need to sit down NOW and adjust your plan to make sure it NEVER happens again!
Remember NOBODY will give you a â€œpassâ€ for finishing in a hurry or working full time etc, only rejections for not putting up the numbers, a 4.0 with 12 hours ALWAYS beats as 3.0 with 18 hours.
I appreciate your thoughts on this, thank you.
I would take Richard’s advice - I don’t know how favorably they look upon 2 W’s, but I do know how deadly an F can be to your GPA. Even if you retake the class, it will not replace your lower grade, which will be included in the BCPM and drag down your hard-earned 3.8. Depending on the statistics, it may even knock your GPA out of competition.
Someone on OPM once told me that applying as a nontrad is a marathon, not a sprint, and pacing is everything. That advice has definitely helped me throughout the years!