What Should I Do If I Dropped a Class?

I am a 19 year old girl doing first year electronic engineering in India . I am interested in NASA. Actually, I had to drop this year. I should actually go in second year but since I have got a fail, I am still doing first year electronic. I never expected that anything like this could happen to me, because I am a very sincere student. I have high aims for my life. I want to pursue my carrier in NASA or in companies like Intel, Apple, etc. I am willing to do post graduate work (MS) after a BE. Will I face difficulty in achieving a good job in such companies because of my drop? Also, I would like to know the qualities required to be a researcher.
posted by Sayali, India on March 30, 2012

Answer by Jennifer Turner-Valle

Dear Sayali, There is no embarrassment in dropping a class. Instructors have different teaching methods and students have different learning styles, and sometimes a student has an instructor for a class who doesn't approach problems in a manner that makes sense to the student- this makes learning the material from that instructor particularly challenging. You must understand what you need for the next time you take this class so that you will succeed. For example, if you need supplemental books that provide examples to study, you must look for those books at the library. If you learn best by discussing problems with other students in a study group, you need to seek out or start the right study group to help support your learning. The most important part of your studies at university is learning the material, not in how many tries it takes you to learn that material; if you can identify ways to learn that work for you, you will then be able to tackle any challenge you face in the future- particularly those that arise in the course of performing research and engineering work. Qualities researchers need to have include persistence (particularly in the face of difficulties), the ability to learn, good observational skills, and the ability to communicate. Your persistence in learning the material in your electronics class and your work to identify how you best learn the material will serve you throughout your engineering career. Good luck! Jen