Hello, this is my first post on the forum.
I have a question for you guys - what do you do if you're applying to grad school and your junior year is looking a bit shabby - say, you got B+'s and A-'s in the 4 upper level physics courses you took. (I go to a small college that only offers 4 upper level physics classes per year.)
To put it simply, last semester I had a physics class that basically consumed my life - after we got into our projects, for about two and a half months I was putting in about 20-40 hours per week. The weeks the 2 projects were due I put in >40 hours (every free waking moment). And this was on top of 10 hours/week of homework for the other physics class, which coincidentally had tests the same days the projects were due (though the prof was nice and gave us an additional 13 hour take-home for the weekend). By the end of all of this I was pretty burnt-out. EDIT : These hours were typical for pretty much all of us.
Then this semester, there was some personal stuff I had to deal with that distracted me from my courses (which were a lot easier than last semester). As a result, I will probably have about a 3.33 gpa for this semester (about 3.6 total) and be kicked out of the honors program.Questions
: (1) Is this a typical workload for a physics major? (2) What can I now do to make this look better or fix it? Is there any way that I can gracefully explain last semester? Transcripts don't do it justice.
Looking back, I actually appreciate last semester's courses - I got a lot from them, even if the whole experience was painful. It's just a lot of the things I learned are more to do with time management, working under pressure, and getting stuff done - and these things aren't conveyed in the letter grade at all!
Pretty much any pointers would be welcome.