Dilemma

  1. Well, it's sad but it has come to the point where I just can't do chemistry anymore. It's not that I'm dumb. I merely stalled for a few weeks on the homework thinking it was nothing and I could simply catch. Boy was I wrong. It cost me a great deal (2 failed tests). Lesson learned. Not doing that ever again. We're in the middle of the semester now but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I've managed to maintain a good standing in A&P and Math but Chemistry, I just simply can't catch up. I guess I have to let it go. The problem is I'm a dependent with the insurance thing (which requires a full time student). My mom was pissed when I told her I wanted to drop my chem because I wouldn't be a full time student (which would mean I won't be included in the medical insurance). What should I do? Would they cut me off from my insurance when I quit one of subjects in the middle of the sem?
    Last edit by narcissistic on Oct 15, '06
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  3. by   kharing
    Are there any intensive classes that you can take to make up the lost credits. Also, do you have a lab with the Chemistry class? Dropping one might effect the other.
    I would opt to change the grading for the class to Pass/Fail so you can keep the credits but not the low grade. Then take the class again but for the letter grade. Good luck.
  4. by   NRSNFL
    Doubtful, call the insurance company. But I will say, maybe your mom wants you to just buckle down, try extra hard and finish the class out (especially if you paid for it). Worst case scenario if it is a required class is you retake it and drop the lower grade....but I would also look into your college's policy on retaking classes, some will average the grades together and others will replace completely.
  5. by   donsterRN
    Also, look at tutoring services that may be offered by your school. In my college, the tutoring center is staffed by students majoring in that particular discipline, so the tutors have gone through what you're going through. Plus, it's free, it widens your network of contacts and meeting with one certainly can't hurt. Tutoring can bring you up to speed with current material and still let you practice and study what you need to to keep on top of that.

    Good luck to you.
  6. by   narcissistic
    Doubtful, call the insurance company. But I will say, maybe your mom wants you to just buckle down, try extra hard and finish the class out (especially if you paid for it). Worst case scenario if it is a required class is you retake it and drop the lower grade....but I would also look into your college's policy on retaking classes, some will average the grades together and others will replace completely.
    They won't let me retake it if I get a C. I don't want a C in Chem because I'm thinking of opening an option for pre-med. I've got a lab for Chem and Anatomy so it really sucks alot of time. Then I have a progressively difficult math class to match. I'm a mess. I thought I could handle it. Our A&P is getting crazy. We're barely finsihed with our Histology chapter test last week, now we're having our practicals in histology this Wednesday and then next week, another test on bones. Oh my god! It's like, what have I got myself into. It feels like finals has already come. As for chemistry, I felt like throwing up on the tests. We're getting close to Organic chem. I don
    t think I can.
  7. by   narcissistic
    Quote from Don3218
    Also, look at tutoring services that may be offered by your school. In my college, the tutoring center is staffed by students majoring in that particular discipline, so the tutors have gone through what you're going through. Plus, it's free, it widens your network of contacts and meeting with one certainly can't hurt. Tutoring can bring you up to speed with current material and still let you practice and study what you need to to keep on top of that.

    Good luck to you.
    Wish I could but our tutoring center is fully booked almost all the time. Appointments are scarce. I wish I didn't stall. Maybe I would've had a fighting chance. I'm behind 10 chapters including its chapters' respective, numerous exercises.
  8. by   kharing
    Check with your registrar's office. At my school, if you drop certain lectures - you are automatically dropped from the lab too. That's four credits lost! Do you have the option of Pass/Fail? If not - you may have to cut back on your social life - look into getting a tutor! Good luck.
  9. by   SummerGarden
    Regrading the insurance issue, I do not know if what your Mom is saying is true or not. However, if you are dropped, you may be able to get cheap insurance through your school. At least I did this with my first degree. I only needed to be part-time and be in a degree program at the school.

    Contact the health clinic at your school to see what their policy is for part-time students. Maybe you will have to pay a small fee this semester? And next semester you will be able to be to return to your Mom's insurance? Good luck. :wink2:
  10. by   wildorchid
    If I were in this situation, I would drop it. What are your chances of getting a B? Have you talked to your professor about this?

    Is your insurance through school or your mom? If it is your mom's insurance, then legally you're not covered if you are only part-time, but it will only be for half a semester more, and next semester you will be fine again when you are full time.

    If you're school has a health center, you can get treated there if you paid your health service fee.
  11. by   narcissistic
    Quote from wildorchid
    If I were in this situation, I would drop it. What are your chances of getting a B? Have you talked to your professor about this?

    Is your insurance through school or your mom? If it is your mom's insurance, then legally you're not covered if you are only part-time, but it will only be for half a semester more, and next semester you will be fine again when you are full time.

    If you're school has a health center, you can get treated there if you paid your health service fee.
    Yes I'm dependent on my mom's insurance. I could however not just drop Chem but stop attending class and end up with an F right? Would that be better (so I can keep my medical)? Or should I just drop it so as to not let it stain my average?
  12. by   cad4296
    Personally I would do whatever it takes to avoid ruining your GPA. One little mistake can be forever costly to the GPA. Even if you retake it and replace the grade that grade stays there forever so whatever school you apply to sees it. A W looks much better than an F any day. I think I would drop it and take my chance with the insurance. I don't know how it is with you but when I was on my parents insurance all I had to do was submit my schedule at the beginning of each semester. I highly doubt that your school has the time or energy to inform your insurance company of your change in classes. I'd rather chance insurance than GPA.
  13. by   luvmy3kids
    I use to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield.... each state is independally owned but for us.... the student status was the student had to be full-time 3/4 of the quarters or 2/3 of the semesters....

    So in that case (and obviously you'd have to check with your personal ins. company)... if you go full time next summer, you would be fine under that rule.

    Maybe yours is the same??

    Good luck... and I think Chem, A&P and Math (was it) are a lot to take anyway... even if you were to catch up... that is still a difficult courseload..

    Take care.. best of luck to you.. let us know what you find out...
  14. by   MB37
    Some schools also require you to be covered by health insurance, and dropping a class might make the registrar wonder if you still are and ask for documentation. Worst they'll do though is then make you purchase it through the college. Health insurance is handy, but I lived without it for several years. Unless you have a chronic condition (which is none of my business) and need to visit a doctor regularly I would drop the class and save your GPA, and start studying much earlier next semester. Any ER has to see you whether you have insurance or not if anything catastrophic happens, god forbid, so you should be fine. The campus health center should take care of anything else for a nominal fee. Good luck!

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