Should I retake classes this summer?
April 3, 2014 6:35 AM Subscribe
I am planning to submit applications to professional programs (and maybe, just to see, a couple of graduate programs) next fall. It looks like I might wind up with a couple of Bs or B+s this semester, breaking a two-year streak of A+s and As. Should I retake those Bs this summer? How would this be interpreted?
posted by cotton dress sock to Education (11 answers total)
The programs I'm looking at are very competitive. Most will be looking at grades for the last two academic years (as well as overall GPA, but this is mostly relevant to grad school vs program requirements - min 3 overall required on a 4 pt scale).
I'm anxious about it, because I have a previous degree with a poor GPA (C average, highly bimodal distribution :/).
To bring the overall GPA up to a 3.0/4.0, I need As all through, or else I'll have to petition some of those old grades (I have been advised to try this anyway by university advisors, although chances are very slim a petition would be successful).
The Bs wouldn't be tragic in the context of an otherwise normal transcript, but I'm worried about how they'll look here. And of course I'll be that much less competitive.
I'm disappointed with this term, for a few reasons besides the grade outcomes. I wanted to engage more deeply with the material than I have, and my participation has suffered a bit. I'm not thrilled with the papers I've written so far - I've wound up doing them to mostly to get them done, vs really exploring ideas.
My professors like me and have been very understanding around the reasons for my dip in performance, but I am also worried about whether they'd feel comfortable offering references.
I had been looking forward to a break this summer, because I could do with one, but if I had to retake those grades over the fall/winter terms, the whole thing would be delayed. I'm very keen to just move on to the next step.
(I won't be able to answer questions today, but will be able to do so this evening.)
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