It’s the time of the year where you can spot a freshman from mile. Why, you ask? Well, it’s time to start picking classes for next semester, and the general freshman population is in a comfortable state of absolute confusion.
For the fall semester, picking our classes was a no-brainer. We were given lots of guidance, suggestions and attention. Our summer advisors made it as relatively painless as possible and we all managed to survive the first-round with little to no scarring.
However, the time has come for us to fake responsibility and make some big-kid choices. As a freshman you live in the limbo of not knowing what you want to major in vs. pretending you have an idea of what you should do with your life. Obviously, there is no expectation for our life to be planned and plotted first semester of freshman year. Like really, please don’t think that’s the norm. Anybody who says otherwise is lying or living in the 1% of college kids who have their lives together.
Currently, I’m in the process of picking my classes and it has been quite the thrill. In all honesty, part of picking classes your freshman year is being ok with not having all the answers (I don’t think that ends freshman year btw). The other half is talking to other students and your advisor. Both those are incredibly helpful in talking through potential classes and possible directions. Older students and advisors are your best friends in picking classes because they’ve either got a better idea of what the classes offer or they’ve taken the classes themselves.
Another important thing to remember, while picking your classes is important and an integral part of life at college, don’t sweat it. College is about trying classes outside your comfort zone and exploring topics you’re not an expert in! So, as I’m writing this, I’m going take my own advice and I’ll let y’all know how it goes.