Hi, I'm a very frustrated soon-to-be sophomore. Going for my BS in Physics.
My college does not allow anyone (as far as I can tell) to retake courses that they've received a C-,C or C+ in. This is something I cannot understand, but I won't go into that.
My first semester went pretty badly.
ANT111- Anthropology: B- (3credits)
MAT210- Calc I: C- (4)
MUS101- Worlds of Music: B+ (3)
PHY112- Physics I: B+ (4)
PHY195- Physics Seminar: A (1)
This gave me an overall gpa of 2.80. I didn't study that much for Calc 1, so that's the grade I deserved. Anthropology I studied my butt off and wasn't too happy with the grade.
My second semester went better.
COG266- Brains, Minds, Consciousness: A (3)
MAT220- Calculus 2: C (4)
PHY212- Physics II: A (4)
PSY100- Psychology: A (3)
This gave me an overall of 3.43. Still not too pleased with it but it's an improvement. Most of my studying time (studied most of the day) went to calc 2, so I'm a little heartbroken. I also got behind when I was sick for two weeks.
I dreamed of being able to one day have a career in neuroscience and wanted to go to another school after college, whether it be med school or graduate school. I know my grades will improve more next semester because I'm getting in the rhythm of things, but I feel like I'm being punished by not being able to retake my calc courses (which were heavily loaded with theory). It's very discouraging. C's are not a very good grade to get, especially with the economy now and how competitive the job market is becoming. I think policies should change, but for now.. is there anyway I can find a loop hole to retake these two classes? Calc 2 was very, very difficult with infinite series and sequences which killed my grade and I hate to think that getting two C's will ruin the chance of me getting into a field I'd one day like to be apart of.
I'd love to get into a good grad school, but I don't know how to fix what I've done/make myself look better to grad schools besides just improving my gpa each semester. Any advice would be great guys