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November 20th, 2009
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So this is my first time failing a class (or more)...
This is my fourth year enrolled at UO and I decided to take some classes in fields that I've been out of touch with for a while - math & science. Sad to say that as the the term has progressed I've gone from getting it, to barely holding on, and finally I've come to terms with the inevitable truth - I will fail a class for the first time in my life.

Humiliated, I bring questions if anyone would care to answer (or to point me in the direction of people to talk to):

1) I'm enrolled in 12 credits; I'm definitely failing 4 of them, what happens if I fail 8? All 12? I am currently receiving a large portion of my aid federally.

2) Penalties, pointers, tips? Anything, really? I'm really having that nightmare "Term From Hell" and I'm scared as to how it will impact my college career :(

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Date:November 20th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. It really is a low blow when something like this happens. It's been a few years for me, but if I recall correctly, you will be placed on "academic warning" if this takes your GPA below 2.0 and you will be expected to make up the credits next term. I believe you will have to take an additional 4 credits to make up for the class you failed. I don't think you will instantly loose your aid. You should have the rest of this academic year to make them up. If you need the class for your degree, repeat the class, if not, then you owe the federal aid 4 credits that you pass because they fronted you the money, so to speak this past term. So you will need to talk to financial aid. Begging and crying worked for me, but ymmv. ;-) Good luck!
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Date:November 20th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're having a lousy term, but even though it could have gone better, I say good for you for trying to challenge yourself with some tough classes, rather than just taking some silly class like this one I found:

ENG 399 Sp St: TV Genres Biswarup Sen
This course will focus on that most controversial of genres - reality television. We will begin by looking at those
television genres which preceded and anticipated Reality TV: game shows, quiz shows, talk shows, and law and order
shows like Cops and Judge Judy. We will then discuss the evolution of reality programming, analyze specific shows like Big
Brother, American Idol, Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover, America’s Top Model and Survivor, and try to theorize the nature
and meaning of “Reality” TV.

Anyway, I hope that the registrar folk are helpful and that you rock your last couple of terms. Good luck!
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Date:November 20th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, I didn't know Prof. Sen was still teaching. I love that guy!
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Date:November 20th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
I WANT TO TAKE THAT. i would love to analyze reality tv shows in a classroom
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Date:November 20th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Take a deep breath! It won't be the end of the world.

Are these classes that are required for you to graduate, or just groupings you need to graduate (ie you need some kind of math/science general ed. to finish)? If you need to take these classes specifically again, depending on your major/what they're for, your higher grade in the class will be used for your major-specific GPA, and both will count towards your cumulative one. (averaging out) So even if you do poorly this time around, you can do better next time without it counting against you too much.

If these are just general ed. things you're trying to finish up, then you've learned your weaknesses and can take easier classes next time. If you have trouble with math and science in general, you might want to take a class you can do pass/no pass with.

Lastly, as long as your GPA is high enough to keep your financial aid, it means absolutely nothing and isn't worth worrying about unless you want to go to grad school. I graduated in June with a 4.0 GPA after working my ass off, and it means absolutely nothing and I still can't get a job/even mention it in anything. So don't sweat it. (and the financial aid office is pretty lenient if you go in and talk to them on a case-by-case basis and explain what's going on.)
Date:November 21st, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Go talk to the aid office. As long as this is the first time this is happening to you and your status in financial aid is satisfactory (ie you received full time aid and completed at least 12 credits every term), it shouldn't pose an immediate problem for your aid continuing. If you're receiving full-time funding for aid, they'll expect you to finish the year with an average of 12 credits per term. If that's not going to be realistic for you, you should speak with them about the petition you may need to complete at the end of the year to continue to receive aid - it's not difficult as long as you are thoughtful, especially if you have not had problems before and demonstrate your plan going forward. A lot of things can vary depending on your circumstances and it's a good idea to touch base with them to make sure you're going to be okay rather than be surprised. I used to be a counselor - they don't bite and have drop in hours. ;)
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Date:November 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
I know little about financial aid, but if it makes you feel any better - many of us had those terms!!! I certainly had one, and had to drop out of the whole term. I sympathize. Feel better and know that life will move on. Good luck!
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