Ode to Schedule Making

Ever contemplated your major? No? Well, now is a fantastic time to do so! That’s right, it’s time to pick classes for next semester and I could not feel more anxious!

Don’t get me wrong, picking out schedules can be so fun for people like me who like to micromanage stuff. Like hello? We can pick what classes we want, when we want them, and who we want to take them with. I think I should put schedule-making on my resume, to be honest. Is it always a good time? Of course not. But am I good at it? Yeah, I actually am. I have managed to avoid 8 a.m. classes and always have Fridays off. Consider me a D1 schedule maker. It’s okay to wish you were me, I get it. But alas, as much as I can celebrate my successes of being so cool and awesome and the best person ever, I have hit a road block. 

Can anyone tell me when any English classes are running??

Seriously! It’s easy to feel like you are in a good place during freshman and sophomore year because the main focus is to get core requirements and basic major classes out of the way, but I’ve noticed that the higher level classes are pretty scarce. And for English too? That’s not a small major either… My thoughts go out to all my philosophy and poli-sci students, or anyone in a really small major.

With this in mind, I think there are a few things to consider while you wait for these classes to reappear. Depending on where you are at on your college timeline, it’s not a horrible idea to consider picking up a minor. If you are anything like me, you have maybe switched your major a few times now, but utilize those credits! Even though I’m not a communications major anymore, I still can use my credits towards a communications minor, which will help me utilize my time without my English classes in a useful way.

Let’s also normalize not graduating in four years. Is it ideal? Sure, but it’s equally ideal to ensure you get the most out of your undergrad experience, even if it means taking a little longer to fulfill your degree. Regardless, you should do what works for you!

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