On average, college students take about five courses for about 15 credits per semester. In most cases, the maximum amount of credit hours a student is permitted to register for during the fall or spring is 21 credits. If a student wanted to take more than 18 credits, they must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and obtain the permission of the student’s Department Chairperson, Dean of the School or Provost. So how was I able to finesse my way into taking 30 credit hours in one semester?

For starters, I was a dual student-athlete majoring in Mathematics at Queens College. Although I played sparingly in the men’s basketball program, I was able to achieve some success as part of the Queens College Track and Field Program. During my time as a track and field athlete, I contributed to the Outdoor Conference Championship campaign in 2014. Additionally, I won four All-Conference honors as part of the 4×100-meter relay, the 4×200-meter relay (indoor season), 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

In terms of academics, I was extremely studious and I spent a lot of time developing a good rapport with my academic advisors and the chairperson of the mathematics department. I was able to confide in the faculty and staff members, sharing the issues that I may have in and out of the classroom. Hence, I did not have much pushback from the members of the Undergraduate Scholastic Standards Committee (USSC) when it came to obtaining consent to take 10 courses.