Getting a C in engineering school

Hi everyone! I am a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major in one of the most stressful semesters of school I have ever had. I have never gotten a C in a class and I am worried that this semester might be the time where that happens. I was hoping some of you older engineers could reassure me that success in this field is still possible even if I get a C in signals and systems. Also, I am wondering about several different career paths for post graduation….possible masters degree, MBA or just to go straight into industry. Do any of you have any recommendations for what I should do?
posted by Maria, University of Delaware on March 19, 2014

Answer by Ana Luisa Ramirez

Maria, I can understand your concern and believe me, I have been in your shoes.  I got a C in the same exact class when I took it in my undergrad career as a Electrical Engineering major, and I am still very successful in my current career as a System Engineer.  Getting a C will not preclude you from doing well in your career because you can still come back from that situation.  Keep yourself with a positive attitude and think that you are investing in your future now and will be done with this in a few years. 

As far as Higher level education, I can tell you that in my opinion, I would actually go ahead and graduate and get a Job with a company that would pay for your Masters Degree.  Wait to gain some experience first and then time will determine what expertise you need to go and pursue.  This is what I did and I have no regrets.  I didn’t pay a penny for my masters degree in System Engineering.  

Ana Luisa