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20 credits for a semester

nonamennonamen Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited March 2012 in College Life
Chinese Intermediate 1
Calculus II
Chemistry 101
Biology 101

Deutsch once-a-week
Work only on Saturdays (7hrs)

I already been granted permission to take 20 credits.
My question is this: what do you think?
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  • windrider07windrider07 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    It's your schedule :) How does it look to you? It looks like a workable schedule. Just make sure you don't overload yourself. Chemistry and biology were classes I took in my first year of college....think I passed both (on separate semesters) with a C grade. Yea, I realized science was not something I was good at hence why I changed my major lol. Overall, if you're good with science, bio and chem should be ok.
  • YonderMountainYonderMountain Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    It depends on the school, but honestly at my school only a true masochist would take a schedule like that, as all four of those are notoriously difficult classes. That's not to say it isn't possible, if you are intelligent and have good study habits, but you are certainly asking for a beating taking all of those at once.
  • PRiNCESSMAHiNAPRiNCESSMAHiNA Registered User Posts: 2,120 Senior Member
    It looks like a seriously difficult load, but if you think you can handle it, then go for it.
  • SkylineEyesSkylineEyes Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    I am currently enrolled in 19 (7 classes) while working 16-20 hours a week. It has been tiring for sure, but I am staying on top of things. Excited for summer break though.
  • mrdude108mrdude108 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    The hours don't sound that bad since you only work Saturdays but if you have really good study habit and think you can handle the load, then I don't see a problem with it. I personally think two science classes and a calc at the time time would be pretty tough but I despise math so...it depends on your skill level and what you are good at.

    It will be really tough though.
  • bl4ke360bl4ke360 Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    Looks like some easy classes to me, you could even try adding another GE class if you want.
    Last quarter I had:
    Calc II
    Physics I

    And that's kindof similar to your schedule, but that worked out to 15 units for me.
    It wasn't that hard at all, I probably studied an average of 7 hours per week and got an A in Calc 2, A in biology, A- in Economics, and B- in physics.
  • ladeeda6ladeeda6 Registered User Posts: 508 Member
    I'd shoot myself. At every school I've been too, Intro Bio and Gen Chem are notorious pre-med weeder classes. Heck, for the first year of Intro Bio there's mandatory tutoring we are required to goto until the first exam and have to go to unless we get higher than a C on each exam because the pass rate is so low.

    I hated taking both classes together becs
  • ladeeda6ladeeda6 Registered User Posts: 508 Member
    ..stupid phone.

    ...because exams for both classes were always right on top of each other. But I'm taking ochem and bio now together because the exams aren't always on top of each other. But with a language on top of that...
  • YonderMountainYonderMountain Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    Especially if the language is Chinese. Calc II is by no means one of the easier math courses either.
  • KevinTzKevinTz Registered User Posts: 117 Junior Member
    I would drop one and find some sort of "easy" GenEd course unless you excel in one of the courses\already have prior knowledge to what the course is teaching. I personally find taking three 'rigorous' classes and then 1-2 classes that are managable.
  • nghiaxngonghiaxngo Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    If you think you can do it, go for it, especially if you know you're good at learning languages or something. Be aware of the drop policies for your school in case you can't stand it though. Don't underestimate the added difficulty of even one extra class. I took 21 credit hours of Engineering/Philosophy classes last semester and it was absolute hell compared to my Spring 2011 semester, where I worked 20+ hours a week with 18 credit hours.
  • biologynerdbiologynerd Registered User Posts: 377 Member
    I totally agree with Yonder Mountain. I am sorry but if you intend to work with that schedule, you are in for a ride. Calc II is an insane weeder class at my school (I'm talking a C- is the equivalent of an A and its not uncommon for students to score a 0 on their first exam, they make it that hard on purpose) over HALF of our engineering or pre med majors change majors after attempting that class combined with the physics sequence. Its not going to get easier with biology and chemistry on top of it, even if you are good at all of those subjects. And then two languages? You probably won't be able to work on the weekends even if it is just for one day and still get As. I think if you ask any college advisor they will tell you its a serious mistake to take that many credits in those types of classes all in one semester.

    Let's say that even if you are able to do all those classes at once, you are seriously risking burn out. Its not a race. I would drop one class (maybe german?) and switch either bio or calc out for another easier gen ed. I'm assuming since you are enrolling in 101 classes that you are a freshman right? Being a freshman, working and taking all those classes at once is a recipe for disaster.
  • bl4ke360bl4ke360 Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    It really depends on who your professors are, for example my roommate had the same Bio class that I had but with a different professor, and his experience was about 10 times harder than mine. My professor gave our class the exact questions to the tests beforehand, so I didn't even have to study to get an A in the class. But my roommate's tests were so hard that he had to study many hours for them, so based on things like this you should select easy professors when you take that many units and the amount of work you'll need to do will drastically decrease.
  • biologynerdbiologynerd Registered User Posts: 377 Member
    It is almost impossible to know beforehand if your learning style will fit with the professor's teaching style. You can ask friends but ultimately you won't know until you sign up for the class. And I wouldn't trust rate my professors to save my grades. You can't bank on having an easy professor. Regardless of your professor 20 credits for a freshman student simply puts you at a disadvantage.

    Believe me, this is coming from an IB student who had been previously been exposed to that material before I signed up for college classes. I took a similar course load against my advisor's advice freshman year and boy do I wish I had listened. It was nearly impossible for me to balance work and school with a course load like that. I excelled in IB HL bio and AP chemistry in high school. Its different in college. Sometimes there are only 3 tests and thats your grade. And most of the time in those kinds of classes the tests all fall around the same day/week which makes studying an unreasonable nightmare. I barely slept because I studied around the clock and I burned out pretty quickly. You have to do what's best for you, but seriously consider all of your options. Don't just take 20 credits because you can.
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