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Preparing for the Next Term

October 23, 2020

As we near fall term finals, make sure that you are thinking ahead to the spring term! Below are the best practices for preparing for the next term. The earlier that you register for classes, the better. It is important to register for classes before they fill up!

Your academic advisor is a great resource when it comes to academic planning and checking in on your current progress. Your advisor can help you plan for the next term as well as choosing a major, planning around your work schedule, and more. To ensure you have the best term possible, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  • Do your research: It can be incredibly helpful to research the classes available to you, the best professors, and potential majors. Having an idea of what you want your term to look like will make the meeting with your advisor more productive!
  • Reflect on this past semester: Think about the classes you liked best, the professors that you enjoyed, and the elements of your schedule that worked well for you. Do your best to continue with those practices in the new term.
  • Meet with your advisor: You should have been assigned an academic advisor when you enrolled this fall. Meeting with your advisor to pick out your spring term classes allows you to be sure that you are choosing the right schedule. If you are not sure who your advisor is, you should be able to find their contact information on your student portal.
  • Think through your schedule before the term begins: Ensure that your school schedule lines up well with your work schedule, your personal life, and leaves time to relax. College can be stressful so it is important that you take time to recharge!
  • Make time for schoolwork, not just class: When planning your schedule, think about your workload and make sure to schedule time for homework and studying. Scheduling time between classes can be very useful.
  • Double-check that you are on track to graduate: In order to graduate within four semesters, students need to have at least 15 credit hours each term. If you plan on graduating in two years, make sure that you are taking the correct amount of classes per term!