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Is It Shameful To Withdraw From A Class?

Is It Shameful To Withdraw From A Class?

I dislike the term "shameful" in the question, "Is it shameful to withdraw from a Class?" There is nothing shameful about the choices you make except, perhaps, if the core intention of your choice is to hurt someone!

I would like to rephrase "Is it shameful to withdraw from a class?" to "How would a withdrawn or dropped status look on my report card?" And the answer to that question is based on relativity.

Good and Bad reasons if you withdraw

  • Withdrawing from a class is better than getting a C or D in it simply because withdrawing from a class does not affect you GPA whereas C or D definitely has a negative impact.

  • In fact, withdrawing from a class in which your performance is not up to the mark might have a positive effect on GPA as you will have more time to focus on subjects that you are good at. This will help you raise your grades in these favorite subjects.

  • Also when you drop a class that you are struggling with, stress and anxiety will reduce significantly.

  • However, a withdrawn note on your report could give an impression that you are a quitter and not very dependable. This impression may not last once you have been able to convince them (both with your attitude and a reasonable explanation as to why you had no option but to withdraw from that class) to the contrary. Yet, the first impression may well turn out to be not-so-good.

  • Also, dropping too many classes may result in you being unable to graduate because of not having sufficient credits in that semester.

Since there is a mixed response to your question, it is better to analyze the reasons for withdrawal and see if you can take some measures to prevent it and then make an informed choice on the matter.

Things to check for before you choose to withdraw from a class

Check your grades – If you are certain that you will get a poor grade or will fail the class, then withdrawing is a better option. However, please do not base your decision on one test/assignment/exam. Maybe that one test was exceptionally difficult or maybe you didn't prepare well for it.

Analyze objectively; think of ways you can improve your grades; work a little harder if need be; get help from your professors, and only then make your choice. Also, remember it is better to get some "Bs" in your report rather than having too many dropped subjects. So, sit back, think the process through and make a sensible and informed choice.

Is the class in question affecting other classes badly? – Think well and answer this question. Is the class (that you wish to withdraw from) affecting you so badly that grades in the other classes are also falling? If this is true, then dropping this one class that is consuming you is a good option.

You will be free to work better on the remaining classes and the associated anxiety and stress of this difficult particular subject will also be eliminated.

Is the subject you are withdrawing from has an impact on future courses? – What I mean is suppose the knowledge and information from this class is going to be a huge help and/or an absolute necessity for some class in the future that you have already planned; withdrawing now is not a wise choice.

If this class is going to play an important role in the future of your academics, then it makes sense to work a little hard now and bear the pains so that your future is good. Moreover, if you drop this class and later on realize that you have to retake it because it is connected to your core academic course, then it is better to finish it now than keep it for later.

Can you take the same class but at a lower level? – For example, suppose you take the same class at a regular level in place of an AP or honors, with lesser anxiety and stress and improved chances of getting a good grade, then it makes sense to do this. You can switch the grading level.

This will help you getting a higher GPA (because of improved grading) and helps you complete the credits needed for graduating. Many colleges also prefer that you take the basic level first, get yourself a good grade, and gradually increase the level of difficulty. It is a much better way of studying than taking an advanced level initially itself and then getting a low grade.

Will your transcript show the fact that you chose to drop a class? – Many colleges allow a grace period of 1-2 weeks at the start of the term within which if you choose to drop a class, this will not reflect in your transcript. This kind of leeway gives you the flexibility to try out classes and within the allotted time, give in your request for withdrawal if you do not want to continue in the class.

A 2-week period is actually long enough for you to gauge whether it is within your capacity and whether you like the class. If you feel you cannot manage and/or the class is not really relevant for you, you should drop it during this grace period. Then it will not even reflect in your transcript.

Final Notes

Remember there is nothing shameful about dropping a class that you find either difficult or not worth your while. However, it is more prudent to consider all choices before dropping classes. It is even better if you spend a little extra time, gather sufficient information about the course, and choose your classes correctly at the start of the term itself.

Then, organize yourself, ensure you have allotted ample time for study, take help whenever you need; such precautions will help you sail through even difficult classes.

Our academy, Prescott Papers, empathize with students who are caught in this dilemma and our experts can help you prevent the need to withdraw from any class.

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