How to Create the Perfect Schedule

Hello first-years!

As a second semester senior who will be graduating this May (woo!), I’ve perfected the schedule. I’m proud to say that I can make the perfect schedule time and time again, and I could probably help almost anyone make their perfect schedule… within reason. So, what are my secrets? Well, here you go.

1. Know Your Limits

limit

This isn’t Mean Girls, the limit definitely exists. Whether that be you can’t function before 10 AM or after 1 PM, know what your limits are. If you need a break before every class, know that before you make your schedule. Don’t make yourself miserable. It’ll affect your attitude towards the class, your attendance, and ultimately your grades.

2. Plan Ahead

guy with a plan

Don’t be the Joker. Use Degree Tracker and the What-If Report to see exactly what classes you need to take. Go to your faculty advisor’s office hours with a couple classes in mind, that way when they say, “Don’t forget you need to meet this requirement” you can say that you’ve already taken a look, and you’re interested in this class or that class. For example, if you are in a BA (Bachelor’s of Arts) program, you’ll need to take a foreign language– coming to your advisor with one in mind could make the entire appointment a lot easier!

3. Listen to your Advisor

listen

You may not like to hear this, but your advisor actually does know best. As long as they know your major and what goals you have, they can point you in the right direction. If you feel like they aren’t helping you to the best of someone’s ability, don’t worry! You can always change your advisor or see an advisor at the Center for Academic Excellence in the Berry Library and Learning Commons.

4. Talk to Mentors in your Major

mentor

If you don’t trust your advisor, talk to people who have been in your shoes not too long ago. I can tell you exactly what classes you’ll need to graduate within four years with your degree in English with any Education minor. Don’t have a mentor you can talk to? Don’t worry, give us a call at the First Year Experience office at (978) 542-2618 and ask if there are any First Year Mentors with your major! If not, we’ll do our best to get you a mentor who can help!

You can also email us at firstyear@salemstate.edu or stop right into our office in Meier Hall 100A! Good luck with registration! I believe in you!

-FYM Kaitlynn

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