Flunking Out: How to Stay in College
Because of your dismally low grade point average, you have received notification from your college advisor that you must pull up your grades or risk getting booted out of college. Flunking out of college was certainly not something you anticipated when you left high school for academia, but that is exactly where you are finding yourself right now. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid being given the boot, beginning with an honest self assessment of how you got to this point.
1. Take ownership. Your 1.8 GPA is below the 2.0 minimum your college requires. That means you have a D+ average and it isn’t something you can lightly dismiss. Be honest with yourself and admit that your grades are owned by you. Avoid excuses or casting blame — the buck stops with you and you alone. There is a bright side here too: it is within your power to improve your grades, so empower yourself!
2. Meet with your academic advisor. Set up a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss a path for pulling up your grades. She may advise you to retake a class in a bid to erase a low grade and, perhaps, lighten your load to concentrate on getting higher grades in fewer classes. You’re on academic probation and must follow the guidelines your advisor offers or you may find yourself booted from college when the next semester ends.
3. Seek out one-on-one help. Your college offers tutors and professor meetings. Why not take advantage of these resources? A tutor can personally instruct you, enabling you to grasp lessons that you did not understand in class. Your professors can help you by guiding you through your coursework. Tip: Don’t plan on being absent from class except for dire circumstances. Perfect attendance may cause the professor to give you the benefit of the doubt if it comes down to a higher or lower grade for a class.
4. Drop courses, if necessary. If you’re in the middle of the semester and are in danger of flunking out, you may be able to drop one or two classes in a bid to concentrate on your remaining classes. Just make sure that your dropped classes are not counted against you and that you have enough classes left to maintain your full-time status. Yes, this move will likely mean making up courses over the summer, staying at college an extra year or both.
As you battle to raise your GPA, you should be honest with your parents. Clearly, your mother and father will be disappointed, but they will be supportive too. Try to hide your bad performance and your parents will find out, causing you to exacerbate a problem you clearly need to get under control.
Finally, as you pull up your grades, endeavor to maintain good grades. You may need to retake more than one class and maintain a lighter load until you finish college. The goal here is, of course, is to finish what you started.
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