With registration this week, I figured I would share a few of the things I have learned about picking the right classes for you and your schedule.
1) Don’t schedule 8 a.m. classes if you don’t have to.
If you are not a morning person, enrolling in 8 a.m. classes will not change this. Every morning will turn into a battle with you and your pillow and your class will look less appealing each day. Instead, schedule classes during the day or night.
2) Want to skip the parking spot hassles?
Schedule classes around lunch time, like 12 or 1 p.m. Most people will be out to lunch or are done with classes for the day, which frees up parking spots.
3) Go to group advising sessions if they are available.
I just attended my first one a few weeks ago and it made choosing classes a lot easier. At the meeting, all of the teachers for my major (Public Relations/Journalism) all talked about the classes they will be teaching. It provided insight into the classes (or teachers) that are not the right fit for me, and those that I would have never chosen. Also, they might let you know if the classes being offered this semester will or will not be offered in the future….Oh! And there was free pizza!
For example, this semester I will be taking a class on the Olympics, and the public relations aspects behind the iconic games. Just hearing the professor talk about the class and the things that we would learn got me interested in the topic…even though I had never been interested in the Olympics before. I also learned that this class won’t be offered again until 2016, so this was my only chance to take it.
4) REGISTER, REGISTER, REGISTER!
When it’s your time to register, sign up for your classes at that exact time. Classes fill up quickly, especially ones that count for core credits. During my first semester, I waited too long to register for a history class. I ended up taking an 8 a.m. class that I was not interested in at all.
5) Talk to people.
Nothing is worse than signing up for a class that is not the right fit for you. Whether it be the work load, the professor, or the material, you want to know what you are getting your self into. Talk to the people in your current classes to find out if they have taken the class, or know someone who has.
This semester, I had to complete my core credits with a non-lab science. I am not a sciencey person at all, and wanted to find out what class would be best for me to take. I asked many people about the science that they took, if they liked the class, and what the difficulty was. Through this, I found a science that both interested me and had a difficulty level that I could handle.