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Old 12-07-08, 10:02 AM   #1
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next quarter...7 classes? Anyone ever attempt this many?

So I am currently enrolled for 7 classes next quarter, 21 credit hours. I added a class that was closed and it put me to this god awfully high number of classes. It's a mix between easy intros and a few upper levels. Should I even bother to fulfill all 7 at once? It would be stellar if I did, it would knock off many requirements in that one quarter...
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Old 12-07-08, 10:03 AM   #2
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wow. and I thought I had a heavy load at 17 credits......

I would drope one. Seriously.
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I've taken 31 credits before, but I couldn't handle it, so I droped a class bringing my hours down to 27
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This guy did, but in the end, it worked out okay for him.

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Old 12-07-08, 10:11 AM   #5
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It's like THE 3 foosters, the three that responded immediately to this post, go figure. Well I did 15 this quarter and should have a GPA of around 3.6. Eh, maybe I am biting too much off...
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Old 12-07-08, 10:14 AM   #6
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I've taken 31 credits before, but I couldn't handle it, so I droped a class bringing my hours down to 27
how many classes?
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how many classes?
about 5 million, but it wasn't a normal college thing. I was taking two regular classes and then the rest were classes from my tech ed program. 7 classes seems like a huge amount. I'm taking 4 next semester and I'm ok with that.
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I once took 16 or 17 credits (5 classes) while working full time. The only way I was able to do it was that the math class I took was so easy for me that I asked the prof if I could test out somehow, and he said he'd give me the remaining 3 tests & the final at the testing center. I took all 4 tests in 2 sessions and only missed one question.
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I am taking 17 credits now and will be doing 18 next semester. It's not that bad. The RA on my floor is taking 22....
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I'm taking 17.5/5 classes next semester. IMO it has more to do with how hard the classes are, but 21 is still a lot.
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No, I never took that many classes. I don't see the point. Are you in some sort of hurry to finish school? Compared to real life, school was awesome. Take your time, I say.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:39 PM   #12
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Enjoy your time at school. I took 18 credits one semester, had a full time job and worked in the lab. Social life sucked. It's really not worth it unless you mind having a crappy life.
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Meh. Back in my day, you were expected to take 21 credits for the first three semesters. Back then, the concept of paying for another year to make it easier never dawned on any of us. We just HTFUed, worked hard, and drank heavily.

(Note: I'll have you know I graduated in the top 2/3 of my class.)
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Let's see 15 credits from five classes of 3 crediits each. One language with lab 4 credits. One 3 credit video course that you do by your lonesome. So I guess 22 was my max. No biggie.
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Do you work? 21 hours should be fine if it's all you're doing.

I wouldn't do 21 hours plus a job.
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It's like THE 3 foosters, the three that responded immediately to this post, go figure. Well I did 15 this quarter and should have a GPA of around 3.6. Eh, maybe I am biting too much off...
Did you have trouble handling 15?

Personally, I had a hard time managing 19 and usually dropped back to 13 or 14. (Most of my classes are engineering and science based, though; one of the dropped classes was a Chemistry course and the other two were Humanities.) Even with that considered, I still spent a lot of time trying to get good grades on those classes, sacrificed a lot of my social life and still struggled...but that's just me.

If you had any hard time managing 15, I would give second thought to tackling that course load. Most of my fellow students that are doing 20+ compromise their social life to make amends. If you already understand that, then go for it.

NOTE: He might not be in a hurry to graduate; some students here do that so that they can also graduate with a Master's degree at the same time.
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Old 12-07-08, 01:24 PM   #17
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I had 21units, a part-time job, and a social life on a semester system and was perfectly fine (also a mix of easy and hard classes). Would strongly not recommend it on a quarter system, but ymmv. Test your limits first--if 15 was easy for you, try 18 next, and start working your way up.
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i had 25+ credit hours and a full time job and never took a summer break. ended up with 3 years worth of credits in 1.5 years. also ended up dropping out because i couldnt take it.

i was in a course that was supposed to take 6 years and took way to much at once. I would recommend against it honestly.
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I had 21units, a part-time job, and a social life on a semester system and was perfectly fine (also a mix of easy and hard classes). Would strongly not recommend it on a quarter system, but ymmv. Test your limits first--if 15 was easy for you, try 18 next, and start working your way up.
Everyone is different in this regard. I know one person who consistently takes 24+ credits a term, a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses, works part-time and still has time to spare to hang out with his friends. I also know another guy who was taking 32 credits, and I have not seen him in at least a year or so...
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I've taken 31 credits before, but I couldn't handle it, so I droped a class bringing my hours down to 27
Oh yeah? I graduated from a four-year university in one semester, after taking every single course I needed all at once!

...err, wait, this isn't the one-up thread?
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Seven classes? Oh, let's see if I remember what I usually took...

Band - 1 hr
Wind Ensemble - 1
Jazz Band - 1
Private lessons - 2 (perf major)
Brass quintet - 1
Piano - 1
Music Theory - 2
Music History - 3
Sight Singing/Ear Training - 2

THEN some core classes, like a science lab at 5 hrs plus Econ at 3 hrs, or college algebra (a shakedown course if I ever saw one) and German. In later years, replace music theory and sight singing with stuff like flute/double reed techniques and clarinet/sax.

That's up to NINE music classes in any one semester, plus the extra stuff to make me a more well-rounded individual (in theory, anyway ). Funny enough that the things marked at one hour each often took the most of my time. The general studies classes hardly required anything of me outside of maybe a final paper just because they were so easy for me.
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It's like THE 3 foosters, the three that responded immediately to this post, go figure. Well I did 15 this quarter and should have a GPA of around 3.6. Eh, maybe I am biting too much off...
What classes are you enrolled for?
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I took 20 credits with a full time job, not fun, and unless you have a good reason for it, probably not worth it.
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Did 18 hours getting my EE degree. On the down side was the timing of tests one semester with a test Thursday night and then two tests Friday morning. That happened every four weeks. Nothing that heavy drinking couldn't cure by Friday afternoon.
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i've always been too slow a learner and worker for that. i took 15 hours my first semester, but after thati stuck to 12. i'm just not enough of a machine to churn work out like that. i always find people that can do that amazing.
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