graduatingmaybe Posted July 3, 2012 Share Posted July 3, 2012 Hi Everyone, I am in a pretty terrible situation and I would appreciate any advice that anyone could offer. I am a graduating senior and I am doing an independent research paper, but my department is very small and disorganized, so there was no real structure for me to do a senior thesis or anything like that. Instead, I took two consecutive independent study courses, and I was assured that there would be no complications arising from this. Lo and behold, I am now facing complications that could severely jeapordize my future. I got a scholarship to start another program that started two weeks before my last quarter ended. I cleared it with all of my professors so that I could take my final exams early. The research project on the other hand, was going a little rough and I likely would have asked for an extension even if I didn't have to leave early. I discussed it with my professor, with an administrator at the registrar's office, and with my department's administrator, and they all said that they could work with me and that I just needed to do some paperwork after I finished and got a grade. Checking up on my other grades today, I noticed that my previous incomplete turned into an F (I was told that it would remain an I until my grade was completed) and I got an email from my degree auditor saying that my degree would not be awarded unless I sorted out these two classes withyin 10 days. My advisor is out of the country and there is almost no way I can both finish the project and get a final grade from him and turn in all the paperwork to change the garde within 10 days. This is just what I need months before I begin my graduate application process. Obviously I am scrambling to deal with this issue but I would like to ask the good people of tjhe Grad Cafe: 1. In the worst case scenario, how badly would two Fs destroy (in the last and second-to-law quarters, in my major, in independent study courses) destroy my chances for grad school? My GPA was 3.85+ before this disaster; now it's possible that I may not even float above 3.5. Be brutally honest in your answers, please. 2. In the best case scenarios (my grades come through), is there any explaining this in my applications? Even if I got the grades corrected/changed, would this set off red flags in admissions? 3. My advisor is out of the country and not responding, the administrator from the registrar is practically feigning amnesia (claiming he never said certain things to me) and my department's adminstrator is new and seems to not know much about how this would work. Anyone have any immediate advice on how to deal with this, plus the graduation audit? Thank you all in advance. I would sincerely appreciate any advice that you all could give me. I had such high hopes for PhD programs, but now it looks like I might get automatically dinged from anything I ever apply to unless I sort this out quickly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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