Dropping a course after drop/add period

<p>Does it look REALLY bad? It's a 100 level "joke" course that's not even required for my major... or anything. I just despise the class. I'm doing fine in it but I can't stand the way it's taught and the amount of pointless work it gives, and I really want to drop it, but I don't want to give a bad impression to grad schools... It shows up as a DRP on my transcript.</p>

<p>You should've dropped it before the add/drop period concluded. If it is just a "joke" course, as you say, just stick it out and get the A. Don't take the chance of having that withdraw coming up in an interview...especially for something so trivial as a "joke" course.</p>

<p>I was in a similar situation. The class was taught horribly and no one ever showed up. It was painfully frustrating but it wasn't worth dropping. Especially if you know you can pass with an A. Just stick it out. </p>

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<p>I'm actually getting a B in it. I think this is my worst course. It's supposedly my easiest class but the prof doesn't outline any of her requirements and she just assigns busywork that in my opinion serves no purpose but annoy the hell out of me. A B is a huge blemish on my (nearly) perfect GPA and this course serves no other purpose than to give me a B. Lit analysis has always been one of my best subjects but not when it's, one, taught so terribly and two, assigns so much useless work. If I'm taking a good course and getting a B in it because it's hard and I deserve it, then so be it. But I'm not getting anything out of this course.</p>

<p>So let me get this straight:</p>

<p>1) According to your post, the professor defined your current grade as a B.</p>

<p>2) Despite knowing what you need to do in order to earn an A, you didn't meet the standard (or didn't bother learning what that standard was) that was provided to you at the beginning of the course, instead brushing it off as "this professor is out to get me."</p>

<p>3) You want the professor to ignore that standard and give you a grade you didn't earn.</p>

<p>Sorry, I have little sympathy for people that grade grub. You might make the argument that it is a stupid policy, but it is a policy that was made perfectly clear to you at the beginning of this semester. If the professor decides to give you an A, then kudos. If he/she doesn't, a withdraw from a course is infinitely worse than ONE B.</p>

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<li><p>She didn't outline what the standard was until I got my first assignment back. By that time, however, I've submitted the second, and the third assignment. When I asked her what she expected, she was vague and made it sound like there wasn't a rubric and that it was one of those "do it however you want" assignments, which of course there were. Because I make a point to ask what professors expect. You're right in that I am quite a grade grubber and I like to know exactly what's going on before I do anything that can jeopardize my grade. So now I make a point to ask her for a rubric on everything, but that doesn't change the fact that I didn't do well on my first three assignments. The past is done.</p></li>
<li><p>I don't know where you got that from. All I'm saying is that if the class is good and I'm learning things from it and am not doing pointless busywork, getting a B wouldn't be half so bad. I've gotten a B with amazing teachers and learned a great deal, and I never cared about those, but getting a B because teachers were vague, which can also happen, I cannot tolerate at all. I submitted 3 whole assignments (there aren't many in the course) before I was even informed of the standards based on the first one I got back.</p></li>
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2. She didn't outline what the standard was until I got my first assignment back. By that time, however, I've submitted the second, and the third assignment.

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-Then the question becomes: What do you plan to do about it for future assignments? Complain? Maybe it's not such a 'joke course' after all. :rolleyes: </p>

<p>P.S. Your original post reeks of entitlement.</p>

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but that doesn't change the fact that I didn't do well on my first three assignments. The past is done.

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-See first response</p>

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but getting a B because teachers were vague, which can also happen, I cannot tolerate at all. I submitted 3 whole assignments (there aren't many in the course) before I was even informed of the standards based on the first one I got back.

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-This is college. Deal with it. Nobody is going to care whether you 'tolerate' the behavior of one professor over another. You're not that much of a special little snowflake as you think you are. </p>

<p>You can also drop out, like you wanted us to tell you. </p>

<p>Dropping out is, of course, worse when we look at it from the graduate school perspective (especially with joke courses) but we wouldn't want to tarnish your precious GPA now would we? :rolleyes: </p>

<p>If you don't plan to take advice from those you are soliciting, why bother posting at all? Do you just fish for the gung-ho "rah rah" kind of answers that help validate your ego in need of constant reassurance?</p>

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-Then the question becomes: What do you plan to do about it for future assignments? Complain? Maybe it's not such a 'joke course' after all.

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<p>I already know what to do for future assignments. She finally gave me the rubric after all. Is despising the class "entitlement"? Is expecting to be told clearly what I must do to get an A entitlement? I don't understand. Of course I don't expect an A if I didn't do what she told me to do, but the fact is that she didn't, and that ruined my grade. I dropped into her course late and because I know there might be expectations I missed, I asked her specifically and she was just vague.</p>

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-This is college. Deal with it. Nobody is going to care whether you 'tolerate' the behavior of one professor over another. You're not that much of a special little snowflake as you think you are.

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<p>This is, frankly, uncalled for.</p>

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If you don't plan to take advice from those you are soliciting, why bother posting at all? Do you just fish for the gung-ho "rah rah" kind of answers that help validate your ego in need of constant reassurance?

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<p>Who says I'm not? My reply to you had nothing to do with whether or not I was going to follow the advice. In fact, I am, and others, including those not on CC, have been more than clear in their opinion. So my second post is a bit of a rant, I'm sorry it offends your sensibilities so much that in your second point, you assumed that I'm whining because I know the instructions, didn't follow them and got burnt for it, which is not true because I never found out until it was too late for me to salvage 3 whole assignments which have all been in the B/C range. It probably won't happen again because now I finally know what she expects, but the damage is irrevocable.</p>

<p>I just found out today she's only recently became a professor. That explains some things, at least. In any case, this is the last I'll say to you seeing you saw it fit to be mocking and condescending with your comments.</p>

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Is despising the class "entitlement"? Is expecting to be told clearly what I must do to get an A entitlement? I don't understand.

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-You have a B. You think you should have an A, even though you didn't put in A level work. The professor doesn't have to tell you squat if she doesn't want to. She is not there to hand out A's. Nobody gets an A for effort. Even if the professor was not 'crystal clear', you got what you got because it was deemed only good enough to merit a B.</p>

<p>So, yes. Entitlement. Any objective reader would see that. </p>

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Of course I don't expect an A if I didn't do what she told me to do, but the fact is that she didn't, and that ruined my grade.

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-Boo hoo. See above. </p>

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I dropped into her course late and because I know there might be expectations I missed, I asked her specifically and she was just vague.

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-See above</p>

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This is, frankly, uncalled for.

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So my second post is a bit of a rant, I'm sorry it offends your sensibilities so much that in your second point,

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<p>-Nope. But nice try. </p>

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In any case, this is the last I'll say to you seeing you saw it fit to be mocking and condescending with your comments.

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-Grow thicker skin. Don't take it personally. Otherwise, good luck in grad school buddy (assuming you get in). :rolleyes:</p>