Creating your schedule for freshman classes is one of the many things you will have to do at orientation. Trying to figure out which classes to take can also be one of the most overwhelming things you will do that day. It is important to make sure your schedule is manageable while also ensuring that you meet all class requirements. These few tips will help.
What Is College Orientation? – Consider your general education requirements
These are mandatory so put them at the top of your list. And be aware that both your general education and your chosen major will each have requirements to fulfill before graduation time. Some students prefer getting their general education classes finished their freshman and sophomore years so they can focus on their major classes junior and senior years.
Go through the college course catalog BEFORE orientation
If you don’t have a hard copy of the course catalog, check the college website. Make notes about the courses you are required to take, courses may be interested in and the timings of the classes. It’s a good idea to get a list of classes written down before you head off to orientation. Because time will be limited—as will seats in the class.
Make a note of alternative courses
Some of the more popular classes tend to get filled up quickly. On orientation day, if the classes you are interested in are already filled up. You will be glad you have already thought about the alternative classes that you would like to sign up for.
Get help from academic advisors to make your schedule
At the orientation, there will be more than just one academic advisor on hand to help students navigate their way through the courses available and the class schedules. Don’t hesitate to approach them and ask questions. They may help you find solutions that you would never have thought about yourself.
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