Here are 3 tips for choosing the right university courses

It is quite an art to choose your college courses. But experience can be a drag without a plan. Everyone dreads this time of year. Imagine, college course registration has just opened and you are freaking out trying to do a few things. You want to make sure you’re taking your favorite course and it’s giving you the credits you need. I’m here to lay down some gems. Here’s how to make your college experience fun, while staying on track to graduating on time!

I am currently in a two year program where I am heading to complete my associate degree.

Juggling college classes, work, and running a business, I’m always trying to balance a social life. Most of the time, it seems impossible. I have constantly insisted on how I am going to successfully graduate. How can I not over-stimulate myself by overloading my schedule? What is the right balance between general education and optional courses? Should I delete all my intensive courses now or keep them for the following semesters? Will I have the motivation to count on summer courses to make up for any time lost during the school year? These are all extremely legitimate questions. And you may not know where to start. Don’t worry though, here are some tips that have helped me. I hope they will be useful.

write everything

When it comes to planning your college career, a journal and/or planner will be your best friend. The list of all the courses you are interested in is a great help. Note the number of credits each course is worth and the priority of interest each course has for you. Pay attention to everything to the smallest detail. For many institutions, searching through course catalogs can overwhelm you very easily. There are so many different names, teachers and lesson times. It can all be a lot! Save yourself the stress by writing down what caught your attention. Write down the times that will suit your schedule and the teachers that may have been recommended to you. In your free time, look at everything you wrote down and sit down! Consider what will work best with your schedule, interests, and overall goals. Make the school work for YOU!

Pay attention to credit requirements

For my programs, I need 60 credits to graduate. This is something I keep in mind when making my planner for my school year. Once I take note of the courses that interest me, I make sure to add the number of credits they will give me. If you know you need to complete 9 credit hours for your fine arts and humanities courses, make sure that each semester you take at least one 3-4 credit course. This will save you time in your final semester. This is usually when you figure out how you’re going to squeeze more than 10 credit hours out of nothing. A hard truth is knowing the balance of priority courses that will help you achieve this goal.

Make your class schedule work for you

For my comrades who take their general courses, don’t think you have to take them all your first semester. Work your course schedule so that you always take courses that are more suited to your major. For most majors, you must take three communication courses (English 101, 102, and speech 101), one math course, and at least two science courses. Let’s just say you’re working with a two-year program. You can space out these courses and put electives in between to stay engaged with your core courses. Most institutions will not require you to take all of your general courses in the first semester. As long as you meet these requirements at some point, you will be well on your way to graduating.

Here’s how I planned my first semester:

  1. English 101 – 3 credit units (communication requirement)

  2. Introduction to African American Studies – 3 credit units (fine arts requirement)

  3. Contemporary African-American Literature – 3 credit units (fine arts requirement)

  4. Child Psychology – 3 credit units (Humanities requirement)

12 credit hours in total.

These are a few tips that have helped me stay organized and avoid an immense amount of stress when it comes to choosing my classes. He made sure I was on track with my credit requirements. At the end of the day, we go to school to achieve what we have in mind for ourselves. So why make it a stressful process? My final piece of advice is to take it easy and understand that life happens. There’s nothing wrong with stepping out of your planned schedule. School is not easy. Unfortunately, most institutions don’t go out of their way to accommodate what we students have in our personal lives. The goal is to graduate, and whenever that happens is when it happens. You should be proud of yourself no matter how long it takes to get there.

Alycia Kamil is a freedom fighter and people’s believer. She is a freshman at Wilbur Wright College. Follow his writings, interests and more here.

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