|To P/D/F or not to P/D/F…|
Saving Your GPA: Sometimes in the service of fulfilling the Nine Ways of Knowing you have to take some courses that are not your forte (hello, math!). P/D/F it and you don’t have to freak out about a C messing up your GPA. Don’t take this too far though, a D or an F would still be factored in.
Take Something Hard: Love a class but the exams are kicking your butt? P/D/F lets you enjoy the course, and worry less about the exams.
Relieve Stress: By taking a class P/D/F you can worry less about your grade in the course, which can relieve a ton of stress.
Your Professor Won’t Know: Don’t worry about your professor; P/D/F is something between you and the Registrar.
Hurting Your GPA: This may seem counter-intuitive, but keep an eye on how many courses you P/D/F. Since a P is not factored into your GPA at all, every grade counts more because it makes up a larger percentage of your GPA.
Can’t Undo: Once the P/D/F deadline has passed there is no undoing it. End up acing the course? Awesome, but there’s no getting that A on your transcript.
No Motivation: With the lack of a grade you might let some things slide, and before you know it that P is suddenly a D.
Samantha is a senior at Barnard and Co-Founder and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.
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