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Failing university - May 4th 2010, 11:21 PM

I'm literally failing university (my GPA is 48) and I'm really worried that I'll get on academic probation. I'm in bioengineering and I'm think that I'm losing interest in this field, I don't like chemistry and I'm starting to think some of the classes are boring. I want to change my major to architecture, but I'm worried that I won't be able to get anywhere with this horrible GPA. I don't know what else I should/can do.
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Re: Failing university - May 4th 2010, 11:57 PM

Hello and welcome to this forum first of all.

I think it would be in your best interest to discuss this with a counselor at your university, so you can see what can be done to improve your situation.
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Re: Failing university - May 5th 2010, 12:54 AM

Hey there,

FlyingTrue has a very good point. talk to a guidance councellor at your school. I'm sure if you talked to them, and told them that you're not interested then they would understand why you are doing poorly.

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Re: Failing university - May 5th 2010, 01:58 AM

I too think you should talk to a university counselor. Also I would recommend next semester you maybe take an easier course load, with classes that actually interest you. Let us know how it works out. All the best, Megan
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Re: Failing university - May 5th 2010, 02:55 AM

Engineering's tough. I'm in LSA (liberal arts), never studied and wrote papers the night before they were due. I ended up with a 3.6, and would have had a 3.8 were it not for an architecture class I took. My roommate's pretty much as smart as I am, but is an EE major. He failed a class and ended up with a 2.0

I seriously thought about going into architecture, but chose not to for the following reasons, which may or may not be relevant at your school:

Most colleges have one of two arch programs -- B.S. in architecture or B.Arch. A B.S. allows you to pursue other interests and makes "deciding on architecture" as a major possible. At Michigan, the actual architecture program is two years out of four total. The rest is liberal arts requirements and electives. Once you graduate, you cannot practice in architecture -- you have to get a master's degree and take a licensing exam. Some schools offer a B.Arch degree, which is five years. You start in architecture the first year (no time to change your mind!) and graduate with a degree that actually lets you call yourself an architect.

I found out that graduating from the architecture school would take me until spring 2013 (rather than 2012). Michigan offers a 3-year grad program for people with no architectural experience. So, I can graduate with a degree in geology, get a real job, and come back later if I really want to study architecture, no loss.

Of course, architecture is easily as hard as engineering, so don't think you'd be taking the easy way out!

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