As an incoming freshman, college is a new experience for you. Planning out your schedule can seem hard, but just follow these steps and you’ll have a well-balanced schedule.
1. Sign up for classes on time
Registering for classes is stressful enough… realizing a class that you need to take is full is even more stressful. In order to prevent this, make sure you stay on top of when the earliest and latest you can add classes is. Different students have different dates and times they can register for classes, so relying on others to tell you your date will probably not workout in your favor.
2. Decide how many classes you need to take each semester to graduate on time
You need a certain amount of credits to graduate. You don’t want to get to your second semester of senior year only to realize that you don’t have enough credits to graduate on time. To prevent this, find out the required classes for your major(s) and/or minor(s) and take your general education courses early. This will make your college life a lot less stressful and save you money in the long run.
3. Communicate with your advisor
Your advisor knows you just as much as anyone. They know exactly what requirements you need to graduate from college. Building a relationship with your advisor is very important as a student because you are able to even treat your advisor as a guidance counselor. You are able to vent your issues to your advisor and they will be there with solutions and give advice to help with your stress. Advisors help create your well-balanced schedule because they determine what classes might fit you best based on your personality or career interests.
4. Get a planner
All the planning and organizing may seem overwhelming, so what you might need in your life is a planner. A planner is useful to help plan out your days because it breaks down your daily activities within time brackets and days of the week. You want to be sure to use one because it will keep you organized and one step ahead of the game.
5. Don’t spread yourself too thin
It’s great to be proactive and prepared for the semester, but you don’t want to overload yourself with too many responsibilities. With extracurricular activities and all the requirements for different classes, you might begin to feel stressed out. Make sure you know your limits, and you don’t go over them.
Bonus: keep schedule as background
Having a screenshot of your schedule as your background on your phone and computer can make it easy to access when you’re walking to your next class.
Bonus: highlight important dates in planner
You don’t want to miss out on an important day or event because it got lost in all the notes in your planner. Highlighting the most important events will make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
Following these steps cannot only relieve the stress of the semester, but can even be used beyond your college career. If you find these steps useful, share them with your friends and classmates to help create a class of well-balanced success!
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