It depends a little on where you go to college, but most large universities have big classes. Especially in the basic classes such as Econ 101, Biology 101, and your other basic 101s. This can be a bit overwhelming and if you’re nervous about meeting people or getting through your classes it might be best to take a limited amount of big lecture classes.
When you register for classes it tells you how many people are allowed to take the class, which is a good indicator of the size of the class. If a class has 300 people in it, then you won’t be getting a lot of one-on-one time with your professor, and if it’s a subject you struggle with it’s usually possible to take it in a smaller class, sometimes at a later time.
As a college freshmen it’s important to get those basic general education classes out of the way, but a better way to start the academic year could be by taking a freshmen introductory class. These are mostly major specific, but even if you don’t have your future all figured out taking one of these classes can still help you out a great deal. Most students start their college career wanting to be a doctor or a lawyer, but end up changing majors several times before graduation.
So taking a freshmen intro class can help you get in touch with fellow freshman in a similar situation and will help you establish some relationships.
Taking smaller classes that are major specific, or of general interest to you, could also be tremendously helpful. The class will be filled with people with similar interests and gives you something to bond over.
General education classes are smart to take during your first year in college, because they’ll need to get done and it’s smart to get them out of the way early. If you need more help getting your class schedule figured out, it’s a smart to check in with academic advisers before the beginning of the school year and know what’s mandatory at your school. In general checking in with academic advisers is smart to do, because they can help you decide which classes to take and match you with professors that could guide you through your college career.
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