We found out the official total number of people that we lost from our semester, and it's depressing. In third we had 127 people in our class. As of this semester we have 97. We lost at least 30, because I'm not sure how many people repeating 4th semester we gained. I have heard that 20 of that number is due to Virology alone.
So when I talk about how hard classes are or how scared I am about failing out and people back home kind of hem and haw about it or tell me I'm overreacting, I have to point to shit like this and go, "Nuh uh!" We lost 27 people from our class in 1st semester, I'm not sure how many in 2nd, and another 30+ in 3rd. These are not stupid people. These are not lazy people. And perhaps most glaringly, the most recent crop of students made it through rounds one and two of weed outs and still got nabbed.
This is a ridiculously difficult program and Ross is an unforgiving mistress when it comes to failing out. You fail two classes, you're done. Appeals rarely work. You fail you're gone, and $100,000+ more in debt than when you arrived. That's why I'm so scared. That's why I've been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks these last few months.