Life Hacks: Planning Your Spring Semester Schedule

By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
@shizupates

Group work might be good for future studying but remember that your schedule should be what fits you, yourself best./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Nicola Sapiens

Right, so as always, here I am with some tips to make your life a bit easier.

In case you haven’t realized (or didn’t want to realize), registration for freshman is this Sunday. The time, which you can refer to here, depends on the last number of your BUID number.

Do yourself a favor and don’t miss your time, especially if you have a really good time. Or do, because that means the rest of us get more of a selection for classes.

As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, a proactive thing to do is plan your entire schedule using the planner feature under ‘Academics’ on the Student Link. Most, if not all, of you should be familiar with this as we used it for planning our fall semester schedule over the summer.

If you have no idea how to do this, ask a friend because this will make your life 10 times easier when you’re actually registering for classes.

If you have your schedule all planned out, all you need to do is click a few buttons to transfer the schedule you have planned as your actual schedule. This saves both time and effort on the day and time of your registration, and it will also aid in getting classes you want (the quicker you are, the higher chance you have of getting a class).

That being said, don’t be depressed if you have a bad time to register. I went to the fifth orientation over the summer, so I pretty much got last pick but guess what – I only have one class on Tuesday and the earliest I start is nine in the morning.

In addition, remember that you can always email a professor to get into a certain class and that people usually do drop classes which opens up seats.

Let’s move onto more helpful things. I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to ask friends for opinions on various classes. While it is useful to get insight from people you know, it’s also important to realize that you are not your friends.

You’re here to get an education, so here are a few recommendations to make sure that your schedule (and therefore your education) is planned in the best way possible:

1. Academic advisors

Each college has a set of advisors designed to help you. If you’re having any issues with your academic course load or if you need help planning out classes for the next few years, these people are your go-to people. Colleges like CAS and ENG usually have assigned advisors, so that makes it even easier to get in contact with them. For colleges that doesn’t have assigned advisors, no worries! There are a group of advisors assigned to students as well. Take the opportunity to go and talk to your advisor for a better look at your education.

2. Student advisors

Some colleges are generous enough to assign you a student advisor in addition to a professional advisor. Student advisors, I think, are the happy medium between professor and friend. While they can give the low down on what and what no to take, they can also point you in the right direction because they’ve been through the whole experience before.

Students in colleges like COM and ENG get this service. If, however, your college didn’t assign you a student advisor, think back to orientation. Every group of students had a student advisor working with them, so if you can remember them, try asking them! I’m sure they’d be happy to help.

3. Official Boston University website

Anything you could possibly be confused about should be cleared up online. If it’s too difficult for you to navigate the many pages on the BU website, do a simple Google search including ‘BU’ and it’s likely that you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Before you run to a friend or an advisor, you might want to try doing a little research for yourself. You’d be surprised at what you can find with a few clicks.

So there you have it, tips to get the best schedule possible. In the end, how your next semester goes depends on you so good luck and happy schedule hunting!

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