- 1 year ago
notmeeither : I have 3 semesters, or 1.5 years under my belt so far.
Fall 2016- intro to bio (4), intermediate algebra (5), intro english (3)= 12 units (NONE of these units count towards transferring)
Spring 2017- child dev (3), psych (3), earth science (3), stats (4), english 1 (3)= 16 units (earth science doesn’t count towards transferring anymore)
*I regret not taking intro chem this semester, this was my explore other options semester
Summer 2017- art history (3)
Fall 2018: geometry* (3), evening intro chem (5)-dropped due to work schedule conflict, spanish 1 (5), history (3)= 16 units initially, 11 at end. (geometry doesn’t count towards transferring)
Classes taken that count towards transfer credit- 22 units (if I did my math right)
*was told that in order to go to calculus, technically, despite testing into intermediate algebra/already completing it and stats, that I needed to go back and start the sequence over and complete geometry, trig, and precalc. Especially since the classes I woud be taking (such as physics) are highly math based, that trying to test into a higher level math class would be very unwise according to my academic advisor.
I broke down the classes I need to take prior to transferring in a previous post, but basically you are correct.
We actually talked about this in one of my classes, how students get stuck at CC’s for a long time without earning any degree, and how CC’s often add on 1-4 years longer to a traditional 4 year education.
I took precalc and trig back in HS junior year (2010), and have since forgotten a lot of what I learned after being out of school so long, which is why I was advised to basically restart from square 1.
I also wanted to say while I appreciated the post about spreading out the classes, I have researched enough to know that would be doing a diservice to myself, and that adcoms also pay attention to the level of rigor in an applicant’s academic schedule.
If I continue with this route, I would be taking several science courses in the same semester to get a better idea of the rigour involved (and also just because I don’t have the luxury to space out my courses).
(Just from my elaborate course planning, if I stick with biology major, just at the community college level, I will be taking 3-4 hard science/math courses for a couple semesters in order to transfer sooner.)
” I see where you are coming from with your suggestion. But I think spreading out your “hard” lab courses one per semester would not only make your undergraduate degree span a decade to obtain by itself, it would leave you poorly equipped to handle the stress of an advanced degree. You cannot “only take one hard class at a time” as a medical student. So her undergraduate program needs to help her set and meet expectations and learn to balance those stressors well before she enters a medical program. I think it is really important to give this Bee a harsh, honest evaluation of her situation and the ways in which she needs to step up in order to make this a viable career path for herself. Sugar coating, dismissing her indecisiveness and lack of experience, suggesting softening techniques for completing her coursework, etc will only leave her all the less prepared to handle medical school. Which will leave a Bee with potential debt, unrealistic expectations, and no plan for a life path if things don’t go as anticipated. At every level, there will always be someone smarter, faster, better than her and advisors and instructors will lay down harsh constructive criticism. “
Just wanted to say that although I wasn’t originally seeking that type of response when I posted this thread, I really, really, really do appreciate you not sugar coating and being brutally honest. I would much rather realize sooner than later that I am over my head or not cut out for this, or that I am at least woefully inexperienced to make the decision to pusue medical school or have unrealistic expecations, then to have my head in the clouds, wind up failing again, and with a bunch of debt as well.
I’m greatful for all and any feedback and criticism, gentle or harsh. It has just been so helpful and nice to have people who have a slight idea of what I am in for, and to give me honest advice.
My boyfriend has been the main person I have been discussing all of this with, but he is not at all knowledgeable about this stuff. Everyone’s advice on here is so greatly appreciated.