Take it or leave it: Withdrawing courses

Dubai – 01/18/2018

Education is extremely important for the contemporary people. However, sometimes there can be a situation when a person may be willing to limit one’s participation in the educational process. This paper will analyze the practice of withdrawing from courses, stating that it can be viewed as a positive as well as a negative practice, but ultimately the value of it depends on the actual circumstances.

To begin with, it may be important to focus on the positive aspect of the phenomenon in question. The first and the most obvious benefit that it brings is that a person will be able to focus on other studies. Indeed, if one withdraws from a course, one will have more time that can be spent on improving one’s academic progress. In addition to that, withdrawal from a course allows a person to introduce changes into the number of subjects that one takes without disrupting GPA. This is extremely beneficial for those people for whom a change in GPA can make a significant difference which may be conditioned by a number of factors, for example, tuition. In other words, it is better to withdraw from a course rather than failing it and ruin GPA. Finally, as it has already been mentioned, the practice in question provides a person with additional time which can also be used to regain inner balance in one’s life. Indeed, studying can be important, but it is more important to maintain the right balance between resting and working. So, withdrawal from courses might be perceived as a tool that will help one harmonize one’s life.

However, there is a completely different view on the practice in question. First of all, one should point out the most obvious fact: if a person withdraws from a course, one will be deprived of the opportunity to gain some knowledge and interact with the specific class of the teacher. In other words, one might miss an opportunity to learn something interesting from a great specialist. Secondly, one should keep in mind that while withdrawal is a legitimate option that is provided by the educational facilities, the students should use it in exceptional cases; in other words, withdrawing from a course is not something that is expected of a student and should be treated as something contrary to the nature of the educational process. Finally, there are still some negative consequences that are brought up by this practice. For example, the academic transcript will feature W which will allow others to know that a person withdrew from a particular course. In addition to that, this might create a negative precedent that may teach a person that it is acceptable to fail if the consequences are not severe.

All in all, one should note that while both points of view are equally convincing, the actual decision whether withdrawal from courses is positive, negative or both should be made in each individual case. Thus, it will be positive if it is the only viable option that a person is left with, but it is negative when there is a possibility for a person to solve the problems that one faces.

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