Is the time to select a college course schedule approaching? If so, then there are some important considerations to think about as you choose your course load to avoid overworking yourself and ensure that you are taking enough credits to graduate in a timely manner. Expect to spend three to four hours of study time per credit hour in the classroom. With that in mind, make sure you do not take on too much this semester by considering the following factors.
If you’re working your way through school, whether it’s a full- or part-time job, be sure to consider how many hours per week you will be working before selecting your classes. If you are working full-time, or approximately 40 hours per week, then a full-time course load of twelve to sixteen credit hours will likely be too much. On the other hand, if you have a part-time job where you work just fifteen or so hours per week, then you may be able to handle more credits.
Try to set aside enough time to be involved on campus and take part in extracurricular activities. After all, you do not want to spend all your time working and studying; make sure that you have some time to explore your own interests and enjoy the fun aspects of college, such as participating in intramural sports leagues and volunteering with campus clubs.
Family and Friend Time
One of the most difficult problems students who go away for college encounter is finding time to stay connected with family and friends. If possible, schedule your course load so that you still have time to visit home every so often or set aside a few hours a week to talk on the phone with close friends and family. The last thing that you want in college is to feel isolated or alone.
If you have heard of the dreaded “freshman fifteen,” then you may be worried about your work and studies consuming so much of your time that you are unable to stay healthy and in shape. Be sure your schedule allows you to set aside at least 45 minutes for physical activity each day. Most campuses include a gym membership with tuition and fees, so utilize your school’s fitness center and allow yourself the time to pack lunches on most days instead of eating greasy fast food while on campus.
Ultimately, choosing a solid course schedule for school can be an exciting experience, but it is something that you should do carefully and after a lot of consideration.Photo credit: sodahead.com