Starting your university education can be an exciting time! You will be exposed to a set of new expectations, new professors, and new people. This may all sound intimidating, but don’t worry too much! Just give yourself a proper adjustment period at the beginning. You'll soon realize that these new classes will give you the intellectual growth and maturity you need in the workforce. There are some things you can do to make sure you choose the right classes for your first semester! Follow the simple tips below.
Online Registration: Get to Cyberspace on Time!
A majority of universities require online course registration. This is also the case for most virtual learning programs. However, some of them set up a specific time for all students to register online. Once you are accepted and enrolled, they will probably give you some kind of pin or password to let you access the network. For example, let's say your name is Bob and you are supposed to register for classes at 12 pm on a Monday, August 15th. What time are you supposed to log on? 12:00? The answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT. At least log on to the network 15 minutes prior to course registration! You will be surprised to see how quickly classes fill up. You want to be ahead of the game.
Narrow Down Your Interests: This is a Marathon not a Sprint
Perhaps you are unsure what you would like to major in during college. Are you interested in a variety of subjects? Your first semester is a great time to narrow down your interests. See which subjects you like best. However, that doesn’t mean you have to take a class from every department! If you know you will never major in chemical engineering, stay away from advanced chemistry or physics. Try to stick to classes you have some interest in. Also, remember you have four years to take classes, you don't need to sign up for ten courses your first semester!
Because most courses will give you a multitude of readings or homework assignments, it is important to see how many/which courses you will be able to handle in a semester. You can learn some of this through trial and error. However, it is a good idea to check past syllabuses for each course you'd like to take online. You may even want to email a professor/department coordinator to ask about the workload. What are the weekly requirements? How many hours of outside study are required? This can help you come up with a manageable schedule for the semester!