should I stay or withdraw

<p>I'm taking an econ class and currently getting a C - (69.8)
I've already took 2 tests worth 20% each. There is 60% of the grade that is not determined yet (there is 1 more test worth 20%, a cumulative final worth 30%, and participation worth 10%). </p>

<p>My question is, should I stay or should I withdraw from the class?</p>

<p>This is a class required for my major so I really don't want to have to retake the class. But I'm also worried if it will hurt my gpa (my gpa now is 3.755). I'm taking 4 other classes and I might get a few Bs in some of them, so I'm worried about my gpa.
I've already gotten a W on my transcript. </p>

<p>Should I withdraw or should I stay in the class and try to do better? I would like to apply to graduate school.</p>

<p>if you're doing your best in it, stay and try and get it to a C or C+. With a GPA like that, you are clearly a good student. You can't get an A in everything. Don't let a number define your college identity.</p>

<p>And those B's that you are worried about are not bad either.</p>

<p>Are you sure you will get a W on your transcript? If not, then I would. You should also consider how W's will affect your chance of getting into graduate school.</p>

<p>Do you think that you could bring your grade up if you tried harder? I know it's easier said than done, but when I was in a semi-similar situation, I somehow found a way to raise my grade. Look into getting help from classmates, your professor, or getting a book similar to spark notes.</p>

<p>Yes I'm sure that if I drop the class by the deadline I would get a W.</p>

<p>I have already gotten a C last semester from taking calculus, so I do not want to get another C. </p>

<p>But I think I can get an A on the next test if I work very hard. The final may a bit more difficult to ace because it's comprehensive, but I would study very hard for that one too. </p>

<p>So I think if I try really really hard, I can raise my grade to at least a B-. Is it better to take this grade than a W? As I said before, I may get a few Bs in my other classes, and my gpa is a major concern. What do you think would be a better option?</p>

<p>Realistically, given all your other obligations and your self-discipline and so on, how much better are you likely to do in this course if you take it again?</p>

<p>How heavy is your courseload this semester?</p>

<p>How many Ws do you already have on your transcript?</p>

<p>If you actually think you're capable of performing better if you study harder and that you have the self-discipline to study harder, if you will still be a full-time student if you drop this course, and if you don't have any Ws, I'd probably consider dropping it. I would be prepared to discuss my decision (in terms of mastery more than grades) with my professor, my advisor, and any graduate schools I applied to, though. Such a discussion might -- but might not -- be appropriate.</p>

<p>Of course, I dropped one course because another course I was taking that semester was really interesting and I wanted to devote more time to working on the issues being raised in that other course. So that's the kind of person I am. (I was taking 7 courses that semester to start with, though, and it was an elective outside my major department.)</p>

<p>Stay in the class and get tutoring and use the prof's office hours to get help raise your grade. You still can get into grad school with Cs on your transcript.</p>

<p>To answer nontraditional's question...
I'm taking a total of 5 classes at the moment (15 credit hours in total). </p>

<p>I have only 1 W on my transcript. </p>

<p>I already talked to my prof, but only briefly. He didn't help much...just told me my current grade.<br>
I'm also a Junior, if that matters.</p>

<p>As I said before, I've already gotten a C last semester. </p>

<p>So would another C in a class be better than a another W?</p>

<p>Get tutoring.</p>

<p>I'd probably stick it out and work to bring up my grade as much as possible. I think a willingness to hang in there even when it's hard is probably something better to show a grad school than a willingness to start over and try again -- better 2 Cs than 2 Ws.</p>

<p>If I really needed to be able to show grad schools I could perform in economics, I'd try to take a second course to build on this one, and do everything I could to set myself up for success in that one. But if I were applying to a program that didn't require economics (check out what the coursework requirements are for the programs that interest you and, if it's a program where you'd work closely with one professor, check out the research interests of the professors you'd like to work with), I'd work on maintaining a good overall GPA and getting good grades in the classes that show my aptitude for whatever I'd be studying in grad school.</p>

<p>But obviously you know more than I do about the kind of profile you're trying to show grad schools.</p>

<p>Unless you think you're in danger of failing, stick the course out. Change your study habits (if necessary), work with other students in the class, see your professor during office hours. Sometimes, the final in a class can be pretty generous, though you shouldn't count on that.</p>