It’s that time of the semester again: the time when courses for the coming semester are posted online, and the initial rush of emotions begins to take over.
Feelings are typically mixed when students discover that the next semester course list is available. Some feel excitement, fear, curious and much more.
They key, however, is to not panic when planning your schedule. Instead, take a deep breath and first decide what path you want to charter going forward.
Depending on what year and major you are, everyone’s path is slightly different but generally speaking, everyone has two sets of courses they need to take: their gen-eds and their core classes to complete their degree. Decide what you want the future to look like; essentially you are painting a picture.
Would you rather be an upperclassman taking all gen-eds or an upperclassman taking all classes related to your major? That’s the important first step.
From there, based on the path you’ve chosen to follow, decide which courses you want to take.
Decide whether you need to take them now or later, and if so, decide at which times and with which professors.
It wouldn’t hurt to also chart a list of courses you’d want and/or need to take in future semesters, as that will help shape things more efficiently.
Another key factor in scheduling is planning your extracurricular around your class schedule. Most students have part-time jobs, clubs, organizations and other things they’re involved in that cut into classes.
So, it’s important to plan accordingly, so activities don’t conflict with one another. Tied into that, you have to decide how big of a credit load you want to take on. Some students feel more comfortable taking 15, some think they can shoulder 18 or even 21. Some have to take 18-21 per semester to meet their major requirements. It depends on the student, and each individual situation; however, it’s still something for every student to consider.
Above all, the key is to not panic; like everything else in life, things will work out.
Too many students worry about the aforementioned, but it won’t do you any good to panic. If a class fills up, move on to what was next on your list, and adjust to fit the current situation. Worry about that filled-up class later.
Just remember, you will pass those classes, you will get that degree, and you will find a job you both love and gives you the life you want.
It’s all part of a process. As I always say, without a plan, it’s impossible to accomplish a goal.