Hi i am a first year student at UTM and I am enrolled in 8 courses (2 full year) for a total of 5 credits. Only two courses are prerequisites for my program. Is it ok for me to drop one of the other courses? Are 5 100 level credits mandatory?
No amount of credits is ever actually “mandatory,” really, so long as you don’t try going over six that semester (but that’s a whole other story that I won’t get into). However, to be considered a full-time student, you need to be in at least 3.0 FCE for that academic year.
So if you end up with 4.0 or 4.5 100-level FCE, that’s totally fine. Personally, in my first-year I spent my second semester sobbing over my fall grades and dropped one of the half-credits in the winter so that I could “concentrate better.” Naturally, that was a complete lie and I’ve maintained my horrible, horrible procrastinating ways since. That being said, as long as you don’t have any more than 6.0 100-levels, you’re good! Anything less than that is fine.
First year can be stressful, so don’t feel pressured to stay in a class if you think it’ll hinder you for all the other ones. And if you do drop it, make sure you use your time wisely! 😉