It’s one busy week to say the least. Maybe it’s just stressful more than anything, but nonetheless I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Just a few of the things I am juggling this week are homework, softball conditioning, my student/on-campus jobs, student broadcasting responsibilities and most importantly, creating my class schedule for next semester.
While that is a bit exciting, there are definitely nerve-racking aspects to the process. The most important things I have found to make things easier on yourself are to track your classes early. Make sure you aren’t just taking classes that seem fun because you may end up being surprised by classes that turn out to be interesting.
As a liberal arts college, Hanover requires all students to take a wide array of classes within some core guidelines or criteria. These classes are in addition to the classes you are required to take within your major and/or minor.
When you begin to schedule your classes as a freshman, you will learn more about these classes called LADRs, which stands for liberal arts degree requirements. While taking some of these classes was a drag at times, I am thankful for it.
When I first came to college, I was fortunate enough to be very sure of my major. But as it turns out, my choice of minor was way off. I would have never figured this out if I hadn’t had those LADR classes.
My original plan was to be a communication major and a business minor. After signing up for an economics class, I quickly realized it was not for me. Luckily, I was able to drop the class without it affecting my overall GPA.
I was also able to discover what I did want to pursue as my minor. One of the classes I chose within my LADR requirements was an Intro to Sociology course. This class was not only interesting as a whole, but I also realized that there were many aspects of sociology that relate to my communication major.
Another tip for incoming students is to work with your advisor; they are there to help. I know that my advisor has helped me tremendously, and here at Hanover, we are very lucky to have close relationships with faculty and staff. Along with your advisor, the academic course catalog will be your best friend. So, remember to refer to it whenever selecting your classes.
Liberal arts education is something that here on campus, especially as a freshman, is strongly emphasized so that everyone understands the purpose of it. I can honestly say that a liberal arts education is valuable as just a citizen. It has given me a broad range of information and knowledge that has helped me in the job field, and even just daily life. But know that changing your mind about what you want to do in the future is normal!