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A Conversation with Your eLion Late Drop Adviser

In case you haven’t been paying attention thus far, there are just three more weeks of regular classes before finals. Surprise!

With the late drop deadline of Nov. 15 rapidly approaching, it’s time to make the final decision on the course(s) that’s haunted you throughout the semester. Abandoning ship a class is a big decision; you’re only allotted 16 late drop credits throughout your undergraduate career, after all.

Don’t fret, the powers-that-be at Penn State provide you with a tool to talk you out of your decision help you make the decision that’s best for you. In case you don’t feel like talking to you’re actual adviser, eLion provides one for you. Except you can’t avoid this one.

Well if they’re going to make us sit through it, let’s see just how useful this virtual adviser is…

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Oh, so this gets tailored to fit my major, or I can change my major if I want? Wow, this is just like my adviser. I’m past the point of changing majors, so let’s move on.

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Wait, we’re having a discussion? This thing literally talks to you, quotation marks and all. They give you a lot of options to select as your answer, so I guess they must really want you to do some serious soul-searching. It’s like those Choose Your Own Adventure books, but real life.

Since most people probably late drop because they aren’t doing well in a class and they don’t want to tank their GPA, I’m going to take the first option. DISCLAIMER: I’m not actually failing GEOSC 10 c’mon guys.

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Okay, so I have to estimate my grade? Let’s go with a C.

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Thanks for the encouragement, adviser, but if I’ve reached this point I’m pretty sure my grade is beyond help. Late drop is is four days away; we’re past the point of no return. I appreciate the sentiment, though…you almost seem human.

Let’s go with that we haven’t talked to our instructor. It’s a gen ed anyway, I don’t think many would.

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Well now you’re just making me feel bad about myself, eLion adviser. My financial aid could be at risk? I may graduate late? I could lose my health insurance?*

Thank you for telling me that Geology of National Parks isn’t a required course for my major; I really thought it would particularly benefit my Public Relations degree. Now that we’ve established that it isn’t required, I respect that you can’t recommend me drop it with a passing grade. I know Cs get degrees and all, but hypothetically, would I really want to get a C in a general education science class? Do I really want to take responsibility for my own ineptitude and accept my C? Nah. Take my $6. Onward, adviser.

In the next step of the drawn-out the process, you’re forced to make your final decision to whether to drop or not. In case you get cold feet, you’re given yet another opportunity to rethink your fate and carry on in the class, but if you’ve made it this far, you probably just want to get the whole thing over it and celebrate your freedom. Don’t worry, the end is near.

Remember — late drop responsibly kids.

*satire aside, these are serious concerns you should absolutely think about before dropping a class. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 

About the Author

Ali Fogarty

Ali Fogarty is a senior from the suburbs of Philadelphia majoring in Public Relations and Political Science who's passionate about Netflix and everything bagels.


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