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college-classesReturning is always work. Settling in, doing laundry, restocking the fridge and figuring out which courses will help you get closer to the finish line. The reality is that you may end up going to more classes than ever right now and I encourage it. It’s time to hustle and utilize the Add/Drop.

  • Double and triple check your course requirements. Find the Audit Sheets under Advising in your respective department and make sure those boxes are getting filled.
  • Check in with an advisor.  Ask about courses and what happens if you can’t get into courses and creating a game plan.
  • Explore different courses and pick up an extra syllabus or two!  See what is interesting, what is challenging, what is easy and what is right for you.
  • Talk to professors and join waitlists. Don’t be discouraged by the waiting game. Sometimes you never know what will happen! Be prepared just in case it doesn’t work out the way you want but it’s always good to push for a course you’re passionate about.
  • On that note, also be prepared to take the course next semester or next year. Sometimes things don’t align and it’s better to plan in advance and just say that you’ll catch that one next time.
  • You can take four courses. You can take six courses. See what works for you and your work load.
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is not a myth. See if you want to take that amazing elective, get some credits and have it not count towards your GPA. It’s good to try something new and enjoy a class for it’s own sake.

It’s a stressful time and sometimes things don’t work out. You may take a history course that makes you rethink your major or be stuck in an exceedingly difficult course to which you see no silver lining. There are always professors, TA’s, advisors and tutors to help! When going forward in creating your schedule remember to set yourself up for your success. Be sure to tailor your classes to what works best for you!

Best of luck McGillians!

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