Monaco’s question has an interesting twist on several subjects we’ve touched on ’round these parts: honors programs, GPA and grad school.
I have a long question but I will try to keep it short.
Lay it on me. Oh and BTW, before I forget, Monaco is a stellar name. If my wife weren’t so tough to please about picking a boy’s name, I’d run it up the flagpole.
I am a freshman at a large public university. My major is Studio Art and my minor might be marketing.
Side note: marketing is a great minor for art majors! Creating thoughtful and original pieces is one thing, but selling them is another matter. Marketing classes can give you a basic education in how to sell the stuff you make.
I am enrolled in two honors classes (film history and political science) an art history class and two studio art classes for the semester.
Sounds fun. Emails like this make me miss college. =-/
Right now, the Honors classes are kicking my behind and I haven’t made a single A on any test this semester. My studio classes are a bit easier and I will probably get an A or A- in them. I am afraid these classes will lower my GPA and hurt my chances of getting into graduate school ( I am not sure if I want to go immediately or after I work for awhile).
Interesting. Well, my usual advice in this vein is to take the harder classes and don’t worry so much about the GPA, especially if you’re learning a lot in them. However, the one area where I might place an asterisk on that advice is for students considering grad school, where they still take GPA pretty seriously. So let’s hear more…
Right now, I have a 3.98 and I am certain I will have a 3.7 – 3.8 at the end of the semester. I currently love my honors classes and the professor that teach them because its more in depth and writing intensive however, the test are extremely hard and there is a lot more work.
If you love the classes, then that’s another strong argument for keeping them. A 3.7 or 3.8 is still a very good GPA for grad school, so I’m OK with keeping them at this point in the discussion.
As a privilege of being in the Honor’s program I am allowed to register for early for classes and I am contemplating whether or not I should take another honors class.
Man, all else aside, that early registration thing is pretty sweet if it means getting the best times and days for courses. Being able to stack all your classes into Tuesday-Thursday, or at least avoiding super-early classes, would almost be worth taking an extra B now and then on the GPA. But that’s just me.
Is it a good idea to skip the honors and get a high GPA or do graduate schools favor lower GPAs in challenging coursework? I seriously doubt I will get Cs in the class but I stand a very good chance of getting two Bs this semester.
Yeah, definitely don’t drop classes you love and that challenge you just because you’re going to get B’s in them. Your GPA will still be really high, plenty high enough to get into grad school.
If you were going to have difficulty even passing the honors classes, I might’ve answered differently, but if the worse-case scenario here is that you get a B, then there’s no reason to change course. Especially if you’re considering applying to grad school, because the fact that you tackled the honors-program curriculum will score you points with the admissions folks (because honors undergrad classes are the closest thing in rigor to grad classes).
And who knows? You may just surprise yourself and start pulling A’s in those honors classes once you get your bearings. After all, you’re getting smarter every semester. 🙂
Good luck, and let us know how it goes, Monaco!
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