It’s crazy to think that my time at Wittenberg is coming to an end. Early last week, I scheduled for my last semester of school, potentially ever… *cringe.* But throughout these four years, I’ve picked up a thing or two about scheduling. While it is nerve wracking, it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some tips to make sure you get into the classes you not only need, but want:
- Actually prepare for your advising meeting – Yes, sometimes adding another 15-minute meeting into our week is the last thing we need. But, if you have some classes in mind before you talk with your advisor, you have a better chance of making sure you check all the boxes properly before scheduling day hits.
- Make sure you add your course preferences into MyWitt BEFORE your scheduling time slot – This is very important. So many times have I not prepared and added my classes ahead of my scheduling time, and boy do I regret it. Adding your courses into MyWitt before you schedule allows you to see any classes that may have closed, allowing you to choose alternatives before your time slot opens up.
- Make sure you’re not only taking classes you like, but classes you need – Undeclared or not, choosing some classes that satisfy the general education requirements is never a bad idea. And if you have a minor in mind, it’s never too soon to start knocking out some classes toward that goal.
- Check your Gen-Ed Program Evaluation occasionally – Depending on your status, this can vary in urgency. But for sophomores and juniors, it’s important to check this feature on MyWitt to ensure you’re not only scheduling classes for your major and/or minor, but classes in eight different departments. A lot of people forget about this requirement and it sneaks up on them. Don’t let that be you!
- Actually have fun and explore the open course catalogue – There are easy ways to fill a gap in your schedule by day, time or by department. Depending on your schedule, try and determine a semester where you can take a class that genuinely interests you. I promise, you won’t regret it.