By Andronica Owens
Web Content Contributor
Registration begins Oct. 22 for Bobcats. It’s time for students to start preparing for the next semester and scheduling for classes you want to or need take in the spring semester.
You might be thinking, How can I begin to even think about next semester when this current semester is wearing me down? We’ve barely reached the half way point in the semester which means emails are flooding in about scheduling advising appointments and figuring out access times. At times it can be overwhelming because we’re right in the middle of a hectic semester, but it’s important to get everything in order before it’s too late.
There are some important questions to ask yourself when considering which classes you want to take in the upcoming semester. There are also many things to take into consideration when deciding how busy and involved you want to be in the upcoming semester.
One question to ask yourself when planning out your schedule “Will I really wake up for this 8 a.m.?” While it seems like a good idea to get your classes over with in the morning, it may not be a good idea if you’re not a morning person. Between late night studying or getting off work late, those 8 a.m. classes become easier to skip as time goes on. Find classes available during times you won’t be tempted to skip.
With a large number of students being involved in extracurricular activities, having a job or both, you also have to consider how all of this fits into your schedule. Get your planner out and figure out which times work best for you. Try not to schedule yourself for too many things on one day if you know it’ll be busy. If you’re overwhelmed with class and work and clubs, you won’t be able to give your full attention to any of those and your performance will suffer in more ways than one.
There’s a lot on the line during registration times, so make sure you’re prepared. Meet with your advisor if you have questions about your schedule or Degree Audit. It’s important to schedule the appointment as soon as you can because the spots tend to fill up fairly quickly. This will help you have a general idea of what you need to do for the upcoming terms. Don’t go in blind! If you have questions, schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
Along with classes, you have to think about money. FAFSA opened for students to apply at the beginning of October. There’s also other grants and scholarships you have to consider when planning your schedule. If you have any questions students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office. You can call and schedule an appointment or talk on the phone with a representative.
Don’t be caught off-guard for registration. Take the time to think about what you want to do, how many hours you can handle and any clubs you want to give your time to. It’s definitely one of those heart to heart moments you have to have with yourself because you’re in control of your success.
Featured photo by Andronica Owens.