considering dropping one...

  1. ok i'm feeling a little mental and overwhelmed. i decided it would be a good idea to take microbiology and a&p i at the same time. with very little science background and as an older student, i realize this may have been a poor decision. :uhoh21:
    i did well on my a&p lab exam, not so great on the plain a&p exam. have 3 more to go in each. 2 different professors too, but i'm determined not to let that be a barrier to doing well. however, microbiology i dread attending every week. very nice professor-she loves her field. but everything is going over my head. she's very fast (or i'm just very slow) and i've fallen behind. at the risk of compromising success in a&p, i think i may drop micro. i would take cpr and perhaps on-line adult-ed chemistry, both of which are prereq's for nursing pgms.

    i don't know! i'm just in midst of divorce with no $$$ (he owes me a lot-has been withholding since march), and am a single mom of fabulous teenage daughter and 2 year old dog. i really want to stick with it and not give up-a lot of people have been so supportive of my new career goal, and it's one in which i could finally achieve financial independence.

    anyway-sort of thinking out loud -anyone have any thoughts? always appreciate insight from the more experienced or just any feedback.
    thanks,
    rebecca
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Since you have a lot on your plate, it might be a good idea to drop the micro. A person can only do so much, and you can always pick up the class later.
  4. by   mermaid36
    Thanks Marie-I think the negative would be losing some$$ for dropping the course, and maybe some guilt-the positive I think would be staying on track with the A&P, and getting some necessary things completed before entering into actual nursing program.
    Really appreciate your response, thanks.
    Rebecca
  5. by   IaCountryGirl
    I don't think it's a bad idea to drop Micro. Yeah you're out of the money, but you said you're behind and what are the odds you'll get caught back up? Probably slim. Science can be downright hard.

    Drop the course and pick it back up later when you're not taking another science course. And then you'll have time to focus on it, keep up and get a really good grade on the course.
  6. by   smattles1of2
    Don't drop! You can do it! This will give you good practice for when you are in nursing school. YOu'll have to take 3 or 4 classes at once! That's what i'm worried about. I'm used to just taking 1 or 2 classes at a time!

    Micro was definitely tough and I had to study every day to keep up, but you can do it. It's ok to mess up a test or two, just try and study a little bit every night and if you don't understand it, google it! This will give you motivation to study harder for the next test. Not saying you didn't study hard for the first test, but now you know how the tests are.

    Good luck! You can do it! I took Organic chemistry and a computer class over the summer years ago and I got a C on my first Organic test and was thinking of dropping, but that would be me behind. So I stuck it out and ended up with an A!

    You can do it
  7. by   mermaid36
    Thanks guys! I just don't want to wind up screwing up BOTH classes, you know? Yes, true, good prep for nursing-I guess my thoughts are why continue to add more stress to my stress. My wheels spin then I can't focus on anything.
    Ah well-time will tell!
    Thanks again! I'm open to all feedback!
  8. by   SummerGarden
    Talk to an Academic Counselor at your school to get some advice. Maybe he/she knows of alternatives to dropping or will suggest it as the best thing with alternate course work to help in the future? Usually dropping classes does not look as bad as a poor grade earned. Good luck. :wink2:
  9. by   sdmommie
    My heart goes out to you. I think it's hard enough to stay on track in Micro let alone catching up. I vote for dropping it while you still can. I would concentrate on getting the best grade (and learning) the material in A&P I. Maybe talk to a financial aid counselor to get your finances in order to keep taking classes. I'm sure going through a divorce takes a lot of mental energy. Concentrate some on yourself and your daughter. She needs her mom, especially now that she's a teenager. Keep your chin up!
  10. by   sam027000
    I'd say that although taking two difficult classes together will prepare for harder school-days ahead, that it may be wise to drop the Micro class. After all, if you don't do well in either class, or you end up with less than stellar grades you could be compromising your ability to even make it into the nursing program. We all know how much weight is put on those science pre-reqs! If possible though, can you wait to drop until after the next set of tests? You may find that you are doing better than you thought and not need to drop after all.
    Good Luck!! I wish you the best!
  11. by   allthingsbright
    I had to drop a science class once when I was overwhelmed. It was a good decision for me--I DID NOT want bad grades on my record!

    GL!
  12. by   goingformydream
    I too had to drop AP2 (tried doubling up with Micro) it was too timeconsuming for me. I wanted to make sure that I kept my 4.0 average. It was the best decision (hard at the time) I made! I am now in AP2 and will begin applying for nursing schools in December.

    As tweety said (on a thread almost 2 years ago) just enjoy this journey... that really helped me put things in perspective.
  13. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from smattles1of2
    Don't drop! You can do it! This will give you good practice for when you are in nursing school. YOu'll have to take 3 or 4 classes at once! That's what i'm worried about. I'm used to just taking 1 or 2 classes at a time!

    Micro was definitely tough and I had to study every day to keep up, but you can do it. It's ok to mess up a test or two, just try and study a little bit every night and if you don't understand it, google it! This will give you motivation to study harder for the next test. Not saying you didn't study hard for the first test, but now you know how the tests are.

    Good luck! You can do it! I took Organic chemistry and a computer class over the summer years ago and I got a C on my first Organic test and was thinking of dropping, but that would be me behind. So I stuck it out and ended up with an A!

    You can do it
    I'm sorry but I think this is bad advice. I think the OP has already realized that she has pushed herself to the limit and it is affecting her grades and sanity. My first semester of nursing school (I thought I was super nursing student perhaps ) I took my 9 cr hr nursing course, A&P with Lab, Micro with Lab, and Pharmacology. There's only so much time and attention you can divide between them and one or more of your grades may suffer (not to mention your family).

    OP- go with your gut instinct. You feel overwhelmed, then drop a course, you can always pick it up next semester.:mortarboard:
  14. by   smattles1of2
    Well, either way, not sure of the timing and everything. I can't drop a course, otherwise I would have to forgo my acceptance to nursing school. So that's why I recommended sticking it out. If she has all the time in the world, then yeah, drop it and take 1 class a semester and have it be easier that way.

    Just because my advice is different from yours doesn't make it bad advice. Just different. I just see dropping a class as a last resort. The first few weeks of school are always stressful and dropping seems like a quick and easy fix. But maybe forming a plan, studying better, etc. can help her out. It's not too late.

    But if she does have time, then yeah, just go drop it.

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