Change at Your Own Risk
Monday, November 10, 200811 Comments
So I decided to change programs. Easy right? On the contrary my friends, when you are as fortunate as I, you’ve figured this out after drop dates and program change dates. At this point, you are left with few options. Rough it out, buckle down, drop out? All great options, I know, precisely my thoughts. I was informed by a counselor that I needed a 70% university average to be considered for entry into my desired program, and I wondered to myself, how can I attain that average if I am struggling with the programs right now where students more competent in them are barely making 75 averages? What options am I left with? Shadowing. Yes, shadowing your desired program, oh but there’s a catch; it’s “at your own risk”. It works by remaining in your current program while taking the courses for your desired program in hopes that you can attain an overall 70 average and then gain entry into the program. There is a chance though that you can shadow for years and never get high enough grades to be considered, where you then find yourself without enough credits related to your program and no degree. That sounds fun.
I don’t find consolation in the fact that others are in my shoes nor do I enjoy the idea of shadowing at my own risk. So where does this leave me? There is a great injustice or fault in this matter. When I possess 80s and 90s in my high school courses and find myself being penalized for having difficulties in my first semester of university because I chose the wrong program for myself. I am paying for this education, so why am I finding myself in such a bind? So many questions and so few answers. I am finding that university is so very much a photograph of the future, no one is here to hold your hand. The only advice I can give to those in my position, is that you should be happy to know where you want to focus your education and that now you need to fight hard to get where you want to go. After all, the only person you need to learn to count on is yourself because in the end you’re all you’ve got!