Yet another thinking-out-loud post here.
Because of reasons I missed out on two assignments for that English module that contributed to 25% of the total grade, or a shade over a third of the non-exam portion of the grade. Which kind of sucks, I guess, but hey, it already happened.
Over the past three weeks I was having this gigantic dilemma over whether I should just give up and drop the module (it doesn’t affect CAP anyway) or whether I should persevere, which is kind of a difficult decision.
Pros of dropping it:
- I don’t have to worry about whether my chances of passing are reasonably high. This is a rather significant problem, because as it is the only way of passing is to get decent marks on the remaining CA part of the grade and score incredibly well on the final exam. On the other hand, it’s not too unthinkable that I might actually do well on the exam. (Ergo, dilemma.)
- I don’t have to spend more hours this semester researching for things I cannot care less about. Seriously, how can I be expected to care about social media when I hardly use it?
- I don’t have to come up with excuses for why I forfeited my grades for the two aforementioned assignments. This is the most immediate concern since the next class is in about ten hours.
- I’ll have to retake it next year.
- In which case, I’d probably be the only second-year taking it. Might be embarrassing?
- With the exception of Geometry, all the other non-English modules I’m taking this semester are easymode. Next semester will most likely be different (including non-maths modules), and if I actually have to study things, I will have even less time to work on English assignments. One option is to take only 17 MC of modules next semester, but that sounds kinda suboptimal.
- Sunk cost makes me feel bad even if it’s a complete fallacy and I know it. Which makes me feel even worse. (Though if I fail to pass this time round, the amount of sunk cost will be even higher.)
- Even if social media is an awful topic to write about, I’m not sure next semester’s would be any better. Judging from the past semesters, almost every topic relates to real people in some way (last semester’s was about globalisation). I said I didn’t care about social media, but I care about globalisation even less, and chances aren’t high I’ll get a topic I can blog about anyhow. The plus side of social media as the topic is that at least it relates to the Internet and (I like to believe) I know the Internet somewhat well.
All signs point to persevering as the better option. This really is starting to look like a “no matter what happens, I lose” situation though.