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  • Kailey Moore

College Schedule

In college, classes, clubs, extracurriculars, and your personal life will coincide with each other, and you will be forced to juggle and make time for all of them. Because of this chaos, your life might become stressful, and you might consider dropping particular classes or extracurriculars to make room for your priorities. . A lot of times, it's hard to drop a class or extracurricular because of how much you love doing that extracurricular. But, if you plan carefully , you won’t have to do that. With a schedule or routine, your life will be much more organized and you can effectively plan out your activities in order to manage and do everything that you want to.. You can clear out the chaos, and become less stressed. When you begin planning your schedule, make sure you should include: blocked off time for study periods, nutritious snack breaks, time for exercise, time to work, a job, time for friends, time for sleeping, and time for classes (morning, afternoon, and night classes).

Before making a schedule for yourself, review your class options. If you have already chosen a major, your college should have a list of classes that you must complete to be eligible for graduation. When you receive this list, scan the list and pick some courses that you want to take this semester. After that, check the course catalogue to find which classes your school will offer during the semester and when those classes are available. If you are undecided, take classes that interest you. They will help you determine a major or career field. Another important thing to do in order to determine your college classes is to see your college advisor. Advisors are usually professors at your school who help suggest plans for your semester and help you to improve your schedule. When meeting with an advisor, come prepared with a rough draft of the schedule you want. Advisors are adults who can review your previous education, as well as your wants and plans, and either determine or confirm your schedule. It is important to be professional with them, as they are people who have already pursued a career, so they can give helpful insight that other adults may not have. In addition to meeting with an advisor, it is helpful to research your professors beforehand so that you know what their style of teaching is. You can make a good impression just by knowing what lesson your teacher will probably start the class with. If you want to research your professors, a helpful tool to do so would be “Rate My Professors.” This is a good website to see what your teachers are like. If they appear to have a teaching style that doesn’t support your learning needs, you can always request a change of teacher, but don’t base that decision entirely on these online reviews. With this in mind, it's also helpful to schedule your classes early. If you want a specific teacher, specific course, and at a specific time during the day, , it's crucial to sign up for these classes early so that the spots don’t fill up. In addition, if you sign up for your classes early you will have the option to add or drop classes that don’t fit your time commitments. When you plan your classes, you should also take extracurriculars into account. Extracurriculars can give you a break between classes, as well as time to socialize with peers. Furthermore, make sure you carve out time for a job if you plan to have one. If your employer knows you are going to college, they will usually be flexible with your hours and understand your needs as a student. Give your boss a notice of your school schedule in advance to allow enough time to study. Finally, look at a campus map and see where certain classes will be. Try to strategize your classes so that they are close together. If your classes are far apart, or you already have a set schedule, make sure you know that ahead of time so that you can reach your next class at the correct time. Keep in mind that there might be a long walk between classes that are at similar times, and that other factors like bad weather can affect how quickly you get to a class.

In order to build a schedule that is best for you, you need to consider all of the aspects of your life, as well as how you as an individual perform best. Do you need lots of breaks? Do you like long periods of work time? Do you want lots of time to sleep, or would you rather use that time to relax? Ultimately, based on who you are as a person, you can best figure out what schedule will work best for you and your daily requirements and needs. The two questions you should be asking when you plan your schedule are: when do you have the most energy to work, and when do you have the kinds of energy you want for specific activities during your day? You should arrange your schedule based on the answer to these two questions. For example, if the only way you can study is when you are focused, schedule studying during times when you know you’ll be focused. Another way to frame your schedule is to try taking college classes at different times. In order to get a feel for what schedule will best suit you, you should try a variety of different classes at different times to see which ones you like best. Once you have determined which class times will suit your needs, you can arrange your schedule accordingly. However, it is also important to note that while creating your schedule, you should be aware of the amount of commitments you are taking on in the semester. Take a lighter course load if you are occupied with other things. If you add more work than you can handle into your schedule, you will be stressed out, and you may have to sacrifice your personal life. It is also important to note that having too many classes can worsen your GPA. If you take too many classes, especially honors and challenging courses, your study habits may worsen, and you might not be able to study as much as you usually would. This change can make your GPA drop. One more aspect to take into account is talking to your roommate. It is important to make sure that your schedules somewhat align so that your sleep and study schedules are not interrupted by each other.

In order to not be stressed out, it is important that you plan out a schedule for your time at school. If you don’t, it will be incredibly difficult to maintain a balance between your social, personal, and educational life. This balance is crucial to maintain your GPA, keeping yourself healthy, and to keep yourself from stressing out over things that could be easily solved through a schedule. In conclusion, having a schedule or routine is very important, and is beneficial for your health.

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