1st College Semester: My Class Schedule!

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HOLY COW, PEOPLE. I move in to college in only 8 days!! In the chaos of getting ready for the big move, it’s easy to forget the real reason people go to college: to LEARN. (No, it’s not just for living in a dorm and partying, people!) Choosing my classes was one of the aspects of college I was most excited about, especially because the choices were fairly limited at my high school. Having the freedom to pick pretty much whatever is so liberating! (And maybe a teensy bit nerve-wracking, too.)

Since it’s my first semester of college EVER, my school advises us that we only take four classes. After much deliberation, here are the classes I have chosen:

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English 101: Despite the fact that I scored a 5 out of 5 on the AP English exam, I’m nevertheless choosing to take English 101. Perhaps I’ll do a separate post going into detail about why I made this decision, but the gist of it is that a) it’s a writing class, and I’ve always wanted to take a class solely concentrating on writing, and b) there was a scheduling conflict with the Intro to Lit class that would have been its substitute. I’m super pumped for this class- it’s my major, of course!

Spanish: I had to take a placement exam to determine what language class I was eligible to sign up for, and I ended up in a 220 level class. Considering it starts at a 101 level, I’m really happy with my results. I plan on double majoring in English and Spanish, so it’s really important to me that I fit in as many language classes as possible. ¡Vamos!

Logic: So here’s the story with this one: my college requires a “Quantitative Analysis” class, which basically covers any of the math courses. However, given my track record with AP Calculus last year (spoiler alert: I’m AWFUL at calc) I was determined not to take another really terrible math class like that again. One of my orientation advisers suggested that I try logic because it fulfills the QA requirement in addition to being valuable when thinking critically and analyzing problems. Apparently it’s about forming arguments and logical processes… ? I don’t know much about it, but I do know this: it isn’t calc!

1968: Every freshman at my school has to take a First Year Seminar course, and mine is a history class that focuses on the single year 1968. I absolutely love learning about history, so when I saw this as one of the FYS options I just knew that I would have to sign up for it. Fortunately, I got placed into the class!

I’m really pleased with the way my schedule turned out, although it’s going to take some getting used to. For example, I’m definitely not used to having only one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Of course, it’ll be a lot more work outside of class than high school, but hopefully a lot more fun as well! (fingers crossed!)

If you want to know more info about the college I’m attending- Wheaton College!!- or my college hunting experience, you can read about my experiences attending a college literature class, sleeping over at a college for the first time, and finally making a decision.

If you have any questions about my college application process, the college search in general, AP exams, or simply graduating high school, feel free to ask away! I’d love to share some advice if it would be helpful!

What classes did you take in college, or what classes do you hope to take? Do you have any experience with these subjects? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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16 thoughts on “1st College Semester: My Class Schedule!

    1. Yeah I’m really looking forward to having more time to hang out with friends (as soon as I make new ones- oh, so nerve-wracking!). I’m really excited, though, and I think logic will be a great class! 🙂

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    1. haha I hope so!! It’s super nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time. I haven’t even heard anything about whether or not my professors are good, so that’ll be a surprise! It’s strange to think that in just one month it will all be over and feel as normal as high school ever did. So crazy! o.o

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      1. I don’t know if it’ll feel as normal as high school since you dictate what happens every day and there are surely new experiences everywhere! I remember hounding ratemyprofessor.com prior to registrations and even the highly rated ones were a hit or miss.

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  1. Good luck with logic! I can’t believe you HAVE to do math at college.. Here you apply to the degree programme (rather than applying to the college) and you only have to do classes relevant to that degree, for example, I’m doing World Languages, and my classes are; French, French Literature, German, Japanese, and one about Translation/linguistics/tech/etc. It might be a bit intensive, but picking a course with no math and lots of culture was a high priority for me 😛

    Your schedule looks super interesting. Free time to explore new things is just as much part of starting college as the classes are, I’m sure you’ll find lots to do!

    Also, I have a question about college for you.. You said you were hoping to double-major in Spanish and English; I was wondering how/when do you decide your major? Like I said, here we pick the course before we start, so I don’t really understand how that works. Can you essentially major in anything you want, and the main obstacle is getting into the college?

    I hope college goes well 🙂

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    1. Wow, I love the way your university system works! That’s so much better taking relevant classes to your degree than random ones because you’re forced to. I wish it was that way at my college!

      At my school I have until my sophomore year to decide my major, I think. But you can declare it at any time before then if you know what you want to do, so I might declare it within the first few months of getting there. You can major in anything that the individual college offers, and the main challenge is applying and getting accepted to the colleges and universities themselves. You can also switch majors if you decide to do something else, but you have to make sure that you get enough credits and classes in to graduate.

      I love learning about different education systems- their differences are so interesting! 🙂

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  2. This sounds like a great schedule. You will definitely have enough time on Tuesday and Thursday to catch up on homework. I often tried to schedule all of my classes on MWF or all on TR so that I had a whole day to work on my homework. That was just the way I worked best.
    I hope you have a great semester!
    Amanda

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    1. Yeah the quieter days in the middle will definitely be a big help! I wish high schools had schedules like college ones, that way the transition wouldn’t be so big of a deal!

      Thanks! 🙂

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  3. 4 classes sounds like a good idea for your first semester. I believe I took 6, but I majored in dance and 3 of the classes were dance technique classes (no homework).

    I got the short end of the stick when it came time to schedule my classes for my first semester of college. We were appointed a time to register based on SSNs and I was in the very last group. So, I ended up have evening classes 4 nights a week. :/ I remember this 19 years later, but I’m not bitter or anything. 😛

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    1. haha wow, I would not like that! I definitely work better in the morning, so I actually seek out the earlier classes. One of my friends has calculus until eight o’clock at night- who wants to do that? And what professor wants to teach it? So awful!

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