right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We have identified a log in issue that is preventing some members from accessing the site. The support team is diligently working on resolving it. We hope to have an update soon. Read more here. Thanks for your understanding!

Just transferred to UCSB, feel like a failure

JojiFrankJojiFrank 0 replies2 threads New Member
I recently transferred to UCSB as a Pre - Econ and Accounting transfer and I feel like a failure. I’m being absolutely demolished by this weeder class called Econ 10a. Transfers have to get a B in this class or else they don’t get into the major.

I failed the first midterm and I might fail the second one next week. The class is based on 100 points, so each point on the midterm is with 1%. And we have to get a 72% to get into the major.

During the first month of school, I focused too much on trying to get an internship at a big 4 accounting firm, which I got.

But now, I don’t even know if I’ll get into the major, so I’m extremely scared. The rent here is $1000 per month and it feels like I’m throwing money away.

I have two options: get over a C, and qualify for two retakes for the final, or drop the class and graduate a quarter late, which might make me not eligible for a full time offer at the big 4.

I also can’t tell if I absolutely despise Econ, or I’m just not good at it. I’m mainly doing this major for accounting. A part of me wants to go back to community college and do computer science. I don’t really know what to do. I need some advice.
1 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Just transferred to UCSB, feel like a failure

  • mikemacmikemac 10369 replies151 threads Senior Member
    edited November 11
    What you have here is a golden opportunity to make big gains in how you handle adversity regardless of your eventual career path.

    The first takeaway is you don't need to be making these decisions on your own. The forum here is not as good a source of advice as those you have on campus. Have you met with an academic advisor in Econ? See https://econ.ucsb.edu/people You are hardly the 1st student not to do well in this class. You might also want to talk to a counselor about feeling like a failure -- see http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/

    The next thing is what you have learned about yourself. It is that your study techniques are not up to par. The quarter system goes a lot faster than the semester system you are used to, and the level of classes at a UC is more challenging. Which is to say that what worked before may no longer be enough. Have you been taking advantage of the free tutoring groups and drop-in assistance at http://clas.sa.ucsb.edu/ They even have additional free tutoring set up just for transfers at the transfer student center -- see https://www.transfercenter.ucsb.edu/news

    Are you taking part in a study group in the class? And how many hours a week have you been putting in reading from the start of the quarter the book, reviewing notes, doing practice problems on your own? A rule of thumb is 2-3 hours on your own for each class hour of difficult classes, so you'd have been putting in around 6-10 hours a week. You wrote about spending a lot of time the first month on getting an internship so it sounds like this may have been self-inflicted. Once you fall behind and get lost on the quarter system it takes almost super-human effort to get back on track.

    As for CS, it's up to you. However I have friends in engineering that have taken Econ classes and they say they find them relaxing because it's so much easier than their regular classes and doing well in Econ takes a lot less time. Until you figure out what's holding you back from realizing your potential in Econ then you're not likely to do much better in CS, and if you do make the switch expect to spend a LOT more time studying.
    edited November 11
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity