Good Idea or Recipe For Hell?
December 2, 2013 11:11 AM Subscribe
I am going into my last semester of college, and I have signed up to take Calculus III, three years after taking Calc II. This may be a great idea or a terrible one.
posted by DRoll to Education (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Pros of enrolling in this class: 1) I have the class under my belt. The main reason that I am taking this class is that I will need it should I decide to go to attend a certain graduate school that I am looking at.
2) The class is essentially "free" if I enroll in it next semester. This is a four-credit class, bumping my enrollment from 12 credits to 16. A course load of 16 credits costs the same as one of 12. If I choose to take it later (i.e. after I graduate/in grad school), it won't be "free."
3) Despite not having been in a math class in three years, math is probably still my best subject. Although I will be incredibly rusty, I should be able to re-pick up the basic concepts over time, and I have a month to prepare for beforehand.
Cons: 1) This is my last semester of undergraduate life. I'm not sure if I want to add additional work/stress to what looks to be a somewhat stressful semester already.
2) There is a decent chance that I will not need this class. I am currently looking at three different graduate programs, and only of them will require me to have this class - and that's if I even decide to go at all.
3) As I said, I am extremely rusty.
4) There is the potential that I could have a terrible professor. As of today, I still don't know who is teaching the class. However, the chances are good that I could have a great professor, as this will be an Honors section of the course.
So, all things considered: Should I take Calc III next semester?