It’s officially that time of the year! It feels like we just got started, but we already need to be thinking about class schedules for next semester. It may seem early, but it’s so incredibly important to plan out your classes carefully, as it can impact your graduation date as well as your overall happiness and health!
During my time in ENVD, I’ve made a conscious effort to stick with the course sequence laid out by the program. This ensures that I’m on track to graduate on time, and also lets me learn information that will be beneficial in my studio course. If you’re ever unsure about what classes to take, check with your advisor! They’re a great resource to learn about new course options as well what courses pair well together!
Aside from that, every semester, I like to pull a little “treat yourself” (think Parks and Rec) when registering for classes. I make sure I’m satisfying my Degree Audit, and if I have room in my schedule, I take a class just for fun. I understand that I’m here to become a designer, but I’m also only in college once. When else will I have the opportunity to learn an interesting topic under the guidance of an expert? Take a history class! Take a political science class! Learn a thing or two outside of your major, simply because you have the opportunity to do so!
It’s important to broaden your horizons, but don’t feel like you absolutely have to. There are certainly semesters in ENVD when an additional fun class is simply not an option. Once again, check with your advisor! They’ll let you know what your semester should look like!
In the fall, I tend to be very energetic and enthusiastic about classes, but that sometimes wears off by the time spring semester rolls around. It’s important to check in with yourself and see how you’re feeling. You certainly don’t want to bite off more than you can chew, so make sure you’re really up for the challenge of a full schedule. There have been semesters where I feel absolutely drained because I got a little too excited when registering for classes. It’s good to push yourself, but be careful.
No matter when your enrollment date is (found on MyCUinfo or in an email from CU), start looking at classes now. I always use the shopping cart feature on MyCUinfo. It allows you to organize your schedule and keep an eye on classes that you’re interested in long before enrolling.
All in all, organization is key! Don’t wait until your enrollment date to start looking at available classes, do it now. I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again, check in with your advisor. It really does help! Most students are only here for 8 semesters, so it’s important to make each one count!
And if you really want to be on top of it, attend the Sandwiches N’ Schedules group advising event for ENVD, ENVS, and GEOG majors on November 7 & 9th at 5:15 p.m.!