Dwonna Know What I Think?”
A social/lifestyle advice and commentary column by guest contributor Dr. Dwonna Naomi Goldstone. Dr. Goldstone is a Professor of English and Coordinator of the African American Studies Minor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
I’m a full-time freshman at Austin Peay, and I’m attending school on a Hope lottery scholarship and financial aid. I’m not doing well in one of my classes. What should I do?
If you’re registered for at least 15 hours, I would suggest that you drop the class in which you’re not doing well and focus on your remaining four classes. If you withdraw from this class, I would encourage you to register for this class during one of the summer sessions so that you do not fall behind in your goal of graduating from Austin Peay in four years. If, however, you are registered for 12-14 hours (which means that if you drop a 3-hour class you will fall below full-time status, thereby threatening your financial aid), you have a couple of different options.
First, I recommend that you meet with your professor during her office hours, and ask her to give you specific suggestions on what you can do to improve your work in her class.
After meeting with her, you should immediately contact the folks at Academic Support Services. They are located in Room 122 of the Marx Building, and you can reach them by phone (931.221.6553) or by email (email@example.com) to set up an appointment. The services there are free, and they will talk to you about your problems in the class, and they can set you up with a tutor if you need one.
If you still do not think that you can do well in the class and that your best option is to withdraw, you might be able to register for the same class at Austin Peay’s satellite campus on the Ft. Campbell Army Post; those classes begin on October 19.
You’re smart to recognize that you’re in trouble now because you have a few different options for rectifying the situation.
*Dr. Goldstone lives in Nashville with her four unruly dogs—Satchel Paige, Butterfly McQueen, Charlie Parker, and Lena Horne. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.