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Updated on Monday, July 14

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QUESTION: Have anyone taken 8 courses in one term? I'm considering doing it because there are so many interesting courses I want and don't want to give up any of them. (My plan requirement is like "from these 20 courses pick 3" but about 12 of them looks interesting to me)

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  1. Sounds too challenging, unless they are all bird, but even then requires work

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  2. Don't do it unless you're in arts and have no social life. If you're in any of the STEM majors, don't even think about it.

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  3. I wish I were as interested in my major as you seem to be. Seems like an overload, though.

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  4. Ohh man. I know where you're coming from. There are like 10 courses I want to take next term but most of them are cross-listed as grad classes so I'm gonna limit myself to 5. (Also conflicts everywhere, but that's another story).

    You have to be honest with yourself and know what you're (not) capable of. There's a guy who studied math who did like 3 different majors and 3 different minors who averaged like 7 courses a term, with a good portion of them being tough math ones, but his grades definitely suffered. In the end it's up what you think you can handle.

    Mind if I ask what your major is?

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  5. OP here. Thanks for response.
    Both of my majors is in math. The courses I want are the 4xx/7xx PMATH/AMATH/CS/PHYS courses. I did take 6 of them last term and it went ok.
    Also I might know who 4 is talking about. There is someone who graduated in around 2011 who took ALL 4xx pmath courses and a bunch of AMATH/CO and got >99 average.

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    1. Dude, how? My major requires the same courses and I get my ass kicked every term with 5.

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    2. (4 here)

      Eyooo, maybe I'll see you in those classes! I'm taking mostly CO/STAT courses next term but am debating one or two PMATH (all 4xx/7xx). Which ones were you thinking of?

      And yeah, some people at this school accumulate 100s like flies, it can be intimidating...

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  6. Another suggestion is that you attend, but do not register for, all the courses. This way you can still learn, but when crunch time comes you won't be flooded. If they're 4XX/7XX courses the profs are usually quite willing to accommodate extra students, especially if it doesn't mean extra marking.

    I also echo the grad school comment. For my grad studies I've done about a dozen grad courses, and by the time you get to your last few the pickings are looking pretty slim. If you are planning on doing graduate school you can save some of the courses for then.

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  7. I did this in my undergrad pretty much every term (7-8 courses), because like you said there are many interesting courses I want to take and anything past 5 courses the tuition is free anyway. I don't regret it at all, as I did end up enjoying the courses I picked. If it matters at all, I maintained my average to stay on the dean's honours list and still had a good social life for all those terms.

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  8. Holy cow. I'm impressed that 8 courses is even an option for you. I know one person who took 8 courses a term and aced everything, but he just loved learning. I take 4 courses a term and can barely handle it :P

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