Hello, my name is Josh Patko and I graduated from Wright State University with a degree in Political Science. I enjoy golfing, playing videogames, and going out with friends. I have experience working in the restaurant industry and I am currently work for a manufacturing company. I plan on attending graduate school next fall to pursue a Masters in Sports Management.
At some point in your college career you may have to make the decision to drop or withdraw from a class. This is something that you should not take lightly. I know from personal experience that sometimes dropping a class unfortunately may be the best thing for you. It is important to consider all of the possible outcomes and ultimately how this will impact you. There are many factors for you to consider before you make your decision. The first one that comes to mind is money. College is not getting any cheaper and losing money on a class is not a good feeling. Many of us are paying our own way in college and we want to save as much money as we can. The first thing you will want to do is Check your academic calendar. This will inform you of when the drop dates are for each semester or quarter. It will also tell you how much of your money you will get back depending on the week that you drop the class. I know my university gives you a 100% refund within the first three weeks of class. Then it decreases after that and eventually you will not get any of your money back.
Another factor to take into consideration is the class’s level of difficulty. The class’s title can usually give you some inclination as to how hard it will be. If the class’s title is something like Introduction to Greek Mythology, you probably assume it is an easy A. I believe that this is a common misconception that we make as college students. I can tell you that some electives are harder than the required class. You start the class and the first few weeks are a breeze. Then as you get deeper into the curriculum you realize that this class is going to take some serious work to get a decent grade. Now I am not saying that you should not try in every class you take. But, as we all know there are certain classes that you have to give more attention to and others not as much. What has happened to me is what I have been writing about. I think the class is going to be a piece of cake. Then I eventually realize I am in over my head. By that time I have already missed the entire refund period and owe back money for a class that I may not pass. It is important to note that even if you have missed the refund period you can still drop the class up to a certain point and this will not affect your GPA.
If you do have to drop a class that it is not the end of the world. Sometimes we have too much going on or something unexpected happens. Just remember, if you are considering dropping, try and do it within the refund period so you do not lose money. It is impossible to plan for everything and more than likely the class will be offered the following semester.