dsb83 wrote:On LSS, how do you go about balancing it with the substantive courses? I know the class has substantial benefit, but I could see myself dismissing it somewhat and my grade suffering. Any advice on that?
LSS is a very important course. Your grade in LSS can affect internships and future employment, so I would try very hard to get a good grade in that class. That being said, there will be less than 25 people in your LSS class, and it is subject to the curve. That means (for us at least) there was only one A and a couple A-. Accepting that one will not likely make one of the top grades, it is important to produce a solid writing sample. You will submit a writing sample when you apply for internships and bid for on campus interviews. No, you do not have to submit your writing sample for every internship or bid, but potential employers will be able to your LSS grade on your transcript. Our professor assigned a lot of reading and citation exercises. The reading was BS, but the citation exercises were helpful when submitting our writing assignments. You will have a lot of time to work on your graded writing assignments, but don't procrastinate. On a positive note, LSS will probably end early in the semester. Our final and memo were submitted by Thanksgiving the first semester, so we were able to focus on preparing for finals over the break.
This could all be meaningless. LSS could be a very different type of course. However, it will still be the course that produces your writing sample, and the grade will hold the same weight to potential employers. Also, now that it is a three hour course in the first semester, it has a heavier weight on your overall GPA (which is very important for PT students especially - you will be ranked on your GPA at the end of the Spring semester, so you're looking at just 21 hours).