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for “Should I Learn Anything Over Summer?” go to the Starting Classes page

Will My Grades Drop?

Yes and No is the short answer, yes your grades will drop, but no you will not become a worse student. A lot of you have grown up in a system where (for you) generally 95% is great, 85% is meh/normal, 75% is bad and that's the way you it has been all your lives. You need to re-evaluate what a grade actually means, a percentage grade is nothing more than the Sum of (Percent Completion of Work)*(Relative Weighting of Work) through a course. If 2 students have 90's in math but are in different classes, there is no way to tell who is a better student without more info, likewise if one has a 70% and the other a 90%, and are in different classes it is the same. If student A has a 70 in a PHD level maths course, and student B has a 90 in second grade math and they are the same age, student A is better at math, his 70 is better than student B's 90. The level of skill/achievement a grade represents is directly related to the course material, and is meaningless without it.

(credits to an unknown engineer that I stole this explanation from)

You have to just understand that dropping grades doesn’t mean you’re a bad student. If you’re passing and you feel you understand the information, then that’s good. People certainly fail exams where I could explain the content better than people who passed.
BUT don’t be okay with failing, use the Student Learning Support resources or speak with the Undergraduate Program Director

Is Co-op Worth It?

• In my opinion, not necessary but not a waste of time either • It is a great learning experience to get you ready to work before it is “real” workplaces • Some people don’t want to spend an extra year before graduation • It’s great because you can get paid a good amount • Need a 2.8 GPA to apply at end of first year and a 3.0 afterwards to stay in the co-op option • Also good because if you don’t know what area you want to go into, this can be a great way to learn what areas you enjoy or hate • At the end of the day, if you know your stuff you’ll be hired shortly after graduation with or without co-op