PBJones wrote:Bildungsroman, kwais, hich, et al -
You seem to be spending a lot of energy attacking claims no one has made.
Neither I, nor my apparent defender Vulpixie, said that I am guaranteed to get an A+. Nor did anyone ever say that all community colleges offer A+ within a reasonable range: the point of this since-derailed thread was finding one such college, if it exists. These are claims you constructed in your imaginations and then falsely attributed to us.
The argument was only that, since low-level humanities courses tend to be pretty soft (I've gotten As in every one (about 7-9) I've ever taken, including *gasp* at community colleges in high school), and I have strong grades in classes that (empirically) tend to be harder (as evidenced by the fact that math majors, who statistically generally have better test scores than humanities majors, generally get worse grades in their major than anthropological/sociology/english students do in theirs), that I have a solid chance to get an A+ at a lower-level humanities class at community college. Since the chance of me getting lower than an A in such a class is, according to all the evidence, low, it therefore follows that taking the class is a smart thing to do, since by taking the course, the overwhelming possibility is that I will either do something that helps me (getting an A+) or at least doesn't hurt me (getting an A).
Speaking of erroneous assumptions, who is to say that wanting an A+ is the only reason I'm seeking to finish core humanities credits outside of my university? College is expensive, you know, and I'm guessing adcoms are privy to that fact.
I want to reiterate that I don't think its a bad idea, and I think that--realistically--the worst thing that happens is OP runs into two teachers that don't assign + signs to A's (many don't. I got a 126%, or something equally stupid, in a history class once and the teacher refused to put a plus there). Which means he doesn't get quite the bump he's looking for.
However, if you do this, please don't insult adcoms by stating in your addendum that you sought two irrelevant courses at a CC for the enrichment of it. No one can prove that you're lying, but I think most would assume you are. At schools that don't need anybody, I feel like it could only hurt you to try and make that case.
Incidentally, why aren't you doing this at your university? intro courses are intro courses anywhere, regardless of level or field. I mean, I got an A in both my required math courses and I barely add up the bar tab when it comes.