Choosing classes is a pretty tricky part of college, especially as an incoming freshman, when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. We’ve all been there.
I remember when I was at orientation, and we were supposed to schedule our classes for the fall with one of the seniors leading orientation. Me, not even knowing what I should take, what I need to take, or how to even work the scheduling system, pretty much left it up to my orientation leader.
Biggest. Mistake. Ever.
She scheduled me for a Major British Writers class. I agreed, because I didn’t really understand how many options I had. She chose it for me because she loved the class. Clearly me and the orientation leader differed in our amount of love for reading.
I, personally, dislike reading, especially when it’s Shakespeare and I can’t understand a word of it. I got into the class and despised it from day one. I wanted to drop it so bad, but refused, because I didn’t want to drop a class in my first semester in college. So I stuck it out like a champion, and actually ended up doing pretty well. Since reading is certainly not my favorite thing ever, and I wasn’t the fastest reader, I ended up spending about 2 hours a night on homework for that class alone. It was miserable.
If you’re going to put in a lot of extra work for a class, make sure it’s at least something you enjoy, are interested in, or it’s a requirement for your major.
Otherwise, you’ll either end up failing, or wanting to pull your hair out. So, the moral of the story is: always, always, ALWAYS, read the description of a class, don’t just go by what the title of the class says.
Also, just because someone recommends a class, doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. For each class you’re thinking about taking, see if you can find out how good the teacher is, what the grade distribution is like, etc. Ask upperclassmen that you know about You have all the interest in the world in the topic, but if the teacher grades hard, or is just a terrible teacher, you won’t do well.
Picking classes for your first semester of college can be a pain in the butt, but I can almost guarantee you will learn something about yourself and you’re education in the process.