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Can I still shift courses in 2nd year of college even if i have 2 failing marks?

Thank you comment icon Hi Andrea, I saw your comments explaining to professionals that your school letter said you should not have more than two failing courses. I am not entirely confident about the policies at your specific school; however, I can assure you that even if you have failing marks, this will not dictate the course of your future. I am sure this is very stressful right now, but I am also sure that you will find a solution. I have known many people who failed courses, or switched their areas of study, and still went on to graduate and do amazing! You are already off to a great start by reaching out to ask for advice from a school counselor! Make sure to collect as much information about your options as you can from counselors at your school. Good luck! Maeve Cannon, Admin
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much Ms. Maeve! Andrea

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Zachary’s Answer

1st it depends on your school policy, but I don't really see why failing grades would be a hurdle for a change of direction/ major/ focus of studies which is what it seems like you are referring to when you say course change. In my experience the failing grade affects a few things GPA, credit for the course the ripple of that could have baring on academic performance based scholarships. While changing direction can lead to more time being invested failing the courses already doesn't grant credit for the course so its really a 0 sum loss as I see it. If the failing was due to overstress struggles with the material or simply a loss of passion for whatever it might be then a change of direction is definitely a good approach.

however regardless I would encourage a pursuit of the root cause of it and see what were the factors that resulted in the fails to allow for a lesson to be reaped from it and to prevent a repeat in the future. so that the change in direction can be a change towards success, and a new chapter towards the completion of whatever area of study you are in pursuit of.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Andrea
Thank you comment icon Of course, my pleasure. Zachary Arnold
Thank you comment icon Hi Zach. I just found out from our shifting letter format provided by the university that I should not have 2 or more failing grades so it's kind of sad that I won't be able to shift. Also, I'm kind of scared with the possibility that I might face subjects during our 1st semester that needs the units for the said two failing subjects. I don't know what I should do if that'll happen. Sorry for the follow-up rant, I just need some advice. :(( Andrea
Thank you comment icon Pause, BREATHE I would reach out to a few people. 1. talk to someone: counselor, peer, a professor, or really any individual you feel comfortable/ to express your anxiety/ stress , a focal point for this feeling/ built up energy will be helpful in approaching it systematically. 2. Your academic advisor discussing options/ seeing when the courses run again or if it is a generic enough course taking it over the off term i.e summer and transferring in the courses so the transition can proceed. 3. The dean of the department that you wish to transition into, in my school this was a professor as well, I don't know the details or the hierarchy of your current school. 4.CC all individuals to allow open communication. 5. Let the process work Zachary Arnold
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much. Even though a bit hesitant, I am currently reaching out to our school counselor to seek guidance regarding my situation. Again, thank you for the advice. Andrea
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Sanjeev’s Answer

Hi Andrea, the answer to your question would depend on your school's policies. My advice would be to ask your college advisor and do some research on your credit requirements and how credit transfer works across majors in your school. You would want to make sure that your credits apply to the major you plan to switch to in order to reduce the course load required to graduate and not delay your graduation. Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Andrea
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Fred’s Answer

That's going to depend on your specific school's policy. You should have some kind of advisor who can answer this question for you. My gut feeling is "of course you can", but i can't be 100% sure. Also, if you have a scholarship, that may be impacted as well, depending on the conditions set up by it.
Thank you comment icon I am really grateful you took the time to answer this question. Andrea
Thank you comment icon I have a scholarship and I just found out about our shifting letter form that I shouldn't have 2 or more failing grades so sadly I think I won't be able to shift. Still, thank you so much for the answer. Maybe I will just try to survive the first semester and shift in second semester for my sophomore year. The only thing that's making me doubt that I will be able to do as planned is the possibilty that I might encounter 1st semester subjects that need the units from the failed subjects I had. :(( Andrea
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Andrea, does your school have an academic advisor/school counselor? I think they would better be able to answer your question for your specific school. Good luck and your not alone!
Thank you comment icon There's no list about the nameof the school counselor but I'll try to recheck again later. Though I already know I won't be able to shift since I found out last night that the requirements listed in the shifting form letter says that I should not obtain a failing grade for two subjects. :(( Still, thank you for your advice! I really appreciate this. Andrea
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