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I apologize in advance for posting a thread like this, as I know there have been similar ones and nobody can possibly know what's too much or handle-able for one particular individual but I just wanted to throw this out there anyway.

I'm taking 5 math courses this semester; I transferred from a different program so I no longer need any electives. (Last semester I took 4 math and ended with three A/A+ and one B+, which I was okay with). Now, it's been going relatively well thus far - one month into the semester, approximately 2 assignments per class and I'm currently sitting at 90+ in each of them. Here's the courses:

Intro to Stats (first stats course; standard material)

Real Analysis (first course in analysis; standard material)

Mathematical Logic (proof methods ie. tableaux, natural deduction, completeness & compactness)

Ring Theory (second course in abstract algebra; rings, polynomials, fields)

Applied Probability (second course in probability; poisson process, markov chains, renewal theory)

Now, I'm thinking of dropping one for several reasons:

-I've done well so far, but I find that I don't have much time to do extra problems or carefully studying theorems outside of completing assignments. (Analysis & Ring Theory in particular take up most of my mental energy.) I think that once midterms start rolling around, it's going to bite me in the *** and I'll be spreading myself out too thin.

-My grades will be better by some non-zero amount with 4 courses and I'll be less stressed (and regardless of grades, I'll learn more of each course).

-I like math and I think it's neat-o; but I don't live and breathe it. I have other hobbies that demand some amount of my finite time and energy that I'm not willing to give up entirely for the sake of academics. I don't want to burn out!

-It wouldn't delay graduation; the opportunity cost is essentially $600 to take an extra course in the summer.

But reasons I'm being indecisive and don't want to drop are:

-I'm not actually doing poorly (yet) in any class. In fact, I'm confident that I can do "okay-ish" with 5. Usually people drop courses because they're failing or in danger of failing...?

-Whatever course I drop I'll retake anyway, and I feel like I've "wasted" effort.

-I feel like I'd be taking the easy way out; like being a sissy for not attempting the challenge.

If I did drop a course, it would be one of the latter three on the list, as the first two are prerequisites for future courses... any advice to help sway my indecisiveness?

Thanks!