Don’t Allow Bad Grades to Keep You From College

Don’t Allow Bad Grades to Keep You From College
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    You flunked out of college and your dreams of obtaining a degree have been dashed.

    Those dreams, however, might actually only be deferred provided you take corrective action to get back on course.


Don’t allow a setback to stop you from pursuing your dreams. Here is how you can get back on track and reach your academic goals.

Enroll at a Community College

Most community colleges welcome students who dropped out of school elsewhere. Typically, these institutions are open enrollment schools and welcome students that have a high school diploma or a GED.

While attending community college, you can retake those classes you failed elsewhere. Moreover, if you need special assistance these schools are equipped to help students by means of tutoring. Take advantage of what services are offered and do your best to get at least a “C” grade. You can also ask your community college to accept the good grades for classes you took at your other school.

Speak With a College Counselor

As you seek to improve your grades, you will want to meet with a college counselor also known as an academic advisor. Your counselor will help you map out a plan for success, including identifying those courses you will need to graduate.

Make an appointment early on in your college years. Make subsequent visits as you progress through your schooling. If you are having difficulty scheduling classes or need assistance with your work, your advisor can point you in the right direction.

Change Your Major

Perhaps your college major simply does not suit you. You had it in your mind that you would become an accountant, perhaps following the footsteps of a parent or a friend.

If you are not certain what direction you want to take with your career, contact your college’s career services department to take a career assessment test. You may be offered both aptitude and personality tests — take both to compare those results. These tests may not define specifically the way that you should go, but they can give you a good assessment of where you’re most likely to thrive.

Transfer With Confidence

Once you have completed your associate degree, you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year school. Prior to that time meet with your advisor to discuss your options.

Most two-year schools have transfer agreements with four-year colleges. The way that this works is that all your credits from your community college are rolled over to the new college. Thus, you will start your next school with at least 60 credits under your belt, entering as a junior year student. Explore the programs available and apply to those schools that interest you the most.

Stay Focused on Your Goal

If your goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree, make that the focal point of your educational pursuit. Understand the academic requirements necessary to achieve success and be relentless in your pursuit. Take advantage of the support network available to you. If you stumble, get back up and continue toward your goal.

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