Entering college is an exciting experience yet can also be a confusing one for a lot of incoming freshmen students. There are so many new experiences, from having to find your way around the whole campus and to leaving your parents and your home, for many of you, for the first time, so there is no doubt that you may be feeling overwhelmed. So when it comes to one of the most important tasks of working out your first-term college schedule, you want to make sure you do it right. Taking into account some of the things below when doing your schedule might help you plan out a schedule that is more flexible to suit your specific needs.
General College Requirements. During your first term of College you will be expected to complete some more general subjects to get you used to the College environment and how things should be done, these general topics might include: English, Maths, Foreign Language, etc.
Course Selection. As with everything in life, when picking your first-term courses it is a good idea to balance the types of courses you are studying. Aside from taking classes that require a lot of reading and writing , you should also have in your list courses such as math, foreign language, art and the like. This will avoid you feeling overwhelmed and bogged down with the same topic over and over again. Variety is the spice of life, this is also true when it comes to what you study!
Course Load. A student should have an average of 15 credits per term to earn a degree after four years. To be a full time college student you will have to need to be attending 12 credit hours at a minimum. And if you only have taken the minimum of 12 credits you will have to take summer classes each year to compensate and be able to graduate within four years. If you’re considering working part-time you can take 12 credit hours in the first term and you can add more additional credits once you are used to and more settled with your college courses.
Time of Day. You will have some flexibility in picking what time you would like to attend some courses, take this into consideration when planning your schedule and balancing a part-time job. There may be some days in which you choose not to attend College and instead work a full days work. You can also use this flexibility to schedule in study hours so that you don’t have to do all your homework in the evenings.
Classroom Location. In planning for your schedule, you will need to be aware of the geographical locations of the classrooms. Take into consideration the time you need to go from one classroom to another without being late for class. If your rooms are miles away, have an extra minute or so. You can purchase a campus map so that you can have a good look at the different rooms as well as the school’s facilities.
Some universities may have given you your schedule prior to your first term, just to help you get things done but after that it is your responsibility to choose the schedule you would like. If you’re not sure of your class schedule you may want to ask advice from your advisor or professors.