I am a first-semester freshman working my way toward the Mechanical Engineering program. I placed into Calculus 2 (MATH 20200) but now that I have been to class twice I feel like I am missing something. I’ve been to tutors and talked to my professor but I just don’t understand. I have four other classes and I can see that the extra work I will have to do to catch up will be at the expense of my those courses. I would prefer to stop attending this course and take it again next semester but I don’t want to get an F. Is there anything I can do?
Dear Lost,--Lost in Calc 2
During the first week of school students are allowed to change their classes for a small fee—-this is called the Add/Drop period and it is clearly marked on the Academic Calendar each semester. In the Fall 2013 term the deadline is September 2nd, so if you can get in to see an advisor, you may be able to be placed into Calculus 1 if you like, or you could choose another discipline entirely. After that you will still be able to drop the course until September 17th and there will be no evidence of this on your transcript. If you decide to stick it out longer than that and decide later that you will not be able to finish the course you will have another option: official withdrawal. Every semester, students who feel that they will not perform as well as they would like in any course can choose to withdraw from that course, but that does not mean that you should just stop showing up. There is an official procedure outlined below.
1) Pick up a Withdrawal form from the Office of the Registrar and fill out the appropriate sections;
2) Meet with your professor and have him or her sign the appropriate part of your form;
3) Meet with your academic advisor and have him or her sign the appropriate part of your form;
4) If you receive financial aid, you will also have to meet with and get a signature from a Financial Aid Officer (withdrawing from so many courses that you are no longer a full-time student may affect your financial aid in the future);5) Then you must return to the Office of the Registrar to file your completed form for processing;
6) Be sure to check your transcript every couple of days after that until the “W” is placed.
Each semester the deadline to file a withdrawal form is posted on the Academic Calendar—it is very important that you are aware of these dates every semester in case something comes up. The last day to withdraw from a class in the Fall 2013 semester will be November 8th.