[ExI] Course advice needed

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 06:47:56 UTC 2022

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 10:59 AM Gabe Waggoner via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I’ve already met all the prerequisites for the program, which doesn’t
> require organic chemistry.

These are the facts as laid out by them.  Everything else you're judging
from is your own intuition and guesswork, which can interfere with the

The facts say, plainly, that you don't need it.  Therefore, you don't need

Yet I feel guilty at the idea of entering this program without having taken
> organic chemistry, as though I’m cheating.

That's imposter syndrome, particularly the part where you feel like you're
cheating.  It can be nasty and nerve-wracking, and do a number on your
self-confidence, but it doesn't change other peoples' facts.

That said, I echo the suggestion to, if possible, get a copy of the final
exam from a prior year of the course you are worried about.  If you can
pass it, which it sounds like you can, then that's proof that you've
learned the material outside the classroom and do not need to waste
your university's time taking the course itself.
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