It's almost that time of the year again! Where did summer go? It's the time when students start signing up for their fall classes. It's when freshman start their orientations. I know my cousin just got back from his freshman orientation, and he was very excited to meet his roommate and get going in the fall.
However, as fun as college can be, it can also be overwhelming, especially if you don't know what to expect. So, I wanted to throw these three things out there for anyone thinking about choosing classes for the fall. It's college, and you don't need to always follow exactly what the “plan” is. Follow these warnings, and have a great time! And don't forget to check out our 101 Freshman Tips.
1. Don't Feel Like You Have to Only Take Classes in Your Major
First, you don't always have to take classes in your major. In fact, I recommend that you try out a few different areas to discover what you really like. It can take time to figure out your major, so don't trap yourself in something right away. If you're planning on being an engineering major, try out some humanities, or maybe other science courses, and decide if you really enjoy engineering more. Plus, most of these other classes will still help you graduate since they will probably be required for your general education anyway.
2. Don't Forget the Fun Electives
Next, don't forget to have fun and do some frivolous stuff! In college, this can mean taking random classes just for the heck of it. Never done drama before? Take an acting class. Looking for something arts and crafty? Maybe you should take a jewelry making class or even a pottery class. Want something really different? How about taking an underwater basket weaving class that combines both scuba diving and basket weaving. That's a challenge!
Most universities offer these extra-curricular classes for some credit, but usually only 1 or 2. However, it can be extremely rewarding to have done it in the end.
3. Don't Miss Out on a Personal Finance Class/Club
Finally, I have to promote this – take a personal finance class or join a finance club. Once you graduate, you will be thrown in feet first into the realm of personal finance with your job, your living situation, and more. College is a great time to figure out the basics of budgeting, investing, and more. If you don't know if there are fixed term bonds available, or what an ETF is, then you should really consider taking a personal finance class to at least understand the basics of investing.
A personal finance class can also teach you how to deal with student loan debt, and other things to get you on a solid footing at graduation.
What other things should college freshmen consider when signing up for classes?