Do you play it safe or push your limits?

@maezee (33030)
United States
November 18, 2012 12:19pm CST
This is coming from a school-related place for me. In all other areas of life, I am probably someone to play it safe - change is scary! I am three weeks away from successfully finishing my first semester back in college, with all A's except for one B! I feel pretty accomplished, although there is quite a bit to do yet before the term finishes (finals, papers, etc), but I have been juggling working full-time, going to school full-time (13 credits), working a 2nd (limited) part time job, and also volunteering for two different non-profits when I can. It feels good! Now I am signing up for next semesters' classes, and I am trying to decide on whether I should really TEST myself or play it easy. This semester I am taking 4 classes, which accounts for 13 credits. I am debating on next semester taking 5 classes, worth 16 credits. I would like to do this because I want to get it "over with" as soon as possible. Hate to say it like that, but as soon as I finish my generals I can start doing my major work - which is the purpose of college (in my opinion that is!). It will cost me about $700 more out of pocket, but I am thinking I can come up with it, using their monthly payment plan. I think with doing this extra class, I will basically only have to take math and science (1 class each) in order to move onto my generals, and I could probably do those over the summer. I am just afraid that if I get too overwhelmed, and I fail one or more of the classes, that $700 (or more) is going to come out of my pocket and go to waste. There is a withdrawal period, I think of about 1 1/2 months after the semester starts. So I could technically try it, for a month and a half without being committed to paying for it, and back out of one of my classes if I thought it was too much. What would you do in this situation?
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
19 Nov 12
When i was younger I was always pushing the limits. now that I am older I find myself playing it more safe more and more each day,
• United States
18 Nov 12
Congrats on going back to school! Are you working as well as studying? Do you feel like you have set up some good time-management skills and gotten back into studying effectively and efficiently? I think that if you did well in this first semester, you might be able to take on more in the second. The first one can be rough to get into good habits and make the best use of study-time. Also, have you checked out the syllabi for these courses? Plan ahead as much as possible to make sure you are staying on track. Talk to people who have taken some of these courses recently (even better if they have taken them with the same professor). Try to gauge which ones will have a heavy workload before making your decision. You could also talk to the professors about their policies. I think that it is wise to try to take more courses if you are able to do it! After all, you want to get your degree and start earning from it!