I'm a 3rd year aerospace engineering undergrad with an inclination to pursue graduate studies in dynamics and control (ultimate goal of PhD). Until last semester, I had a lazy attitude towards my studies which earned me 3 Bs over the span of my undergrad studies. Last semester, this laziness, personal over-commitment, and poor prioritization culminated in a 'C' and 'B' in two core classes--both of which were in my strong suits of structures and dynamics respectively.
This semester, I have the opportunity to retake the structures course. Should I retake it?
My primary reason for retaking it is that I'm confident I can get an 'A' (I aced every quiz when I studied) and show mastery of a fundamental concept (FEA). However, my reasons against it are:
- It'll take up time that I can dedicate to research for my u-grad thesis
- I'm planning to take a more advanced structures course next spring (though this won't show on my transcript since I'll apply to schools next fall)
- Retaking the course barely improves my GPA (3.817 vs. 3.811)
- My professor suggested that I review and streamline his course notes for future classes
I'm not worried about the B dynamics course. I'm meeting with my prof this week to discuss a way to move forward (I think I'll be grading or providing mini-recitation lectures). However, I don't know what to do with the structures course.