Choosing the wrong classes for the type of person you are can not only make you unhappy, but also make it more difficult for your to understand and retain the information.
With class registration coming up beginning on March 31st, it is important to start looking at the classes you will be wanting to take for your major this upcoming semester. If you are an incoming freshman, you will work with your admissions counselor to be placed into the best classes for you based on your preferences and what you would like to major in. If you are undecided, it is likely that they will encourage you to take many basic classes to find where your interests lie, that way you can pursue a major as soon as possible.
For those of us who have already been attending Benedictine for at least one semester, you will be meeting with your Major Advisor—maybe for the first time—and you will have to choose your classes on your own with only their guidance of what classes are required before your graduate and which are required for your major. It is important to make sure you do not overload yourself with too many difficult classes in one semester, so take two science or business classes for your major and let the rest of your schedule fill up with extra classes. Who knows, you might find out that your actually are interested in a class and make it your minor like I did.
It is extremely important to use resources like ratemyprofessor to get a good feeling for which teachers are good at what they do, but it is equally so to remember that many times these websites are filled with the students who did not have a good experience and are looking for an outlet, rather than a good sample of each of the professor’s students.
One thing that many people do not take into account as often as they should when choosing classes is their personality. If you aren’t a bubbly person who can wake up at the crack of dawn and get ready for the day like my friend can, 8AM classes and 7:50 AM labs might not be the best for you. If you hate wasting your afternoons in class instead of being productive, or even if you have to work regularly in the afternoons, late classes or once-weekly night classes might not be for you.
Some people who are like me can handle a wide mix of classes, and others simply can’t handle a random schedule. Personally, my favorite time to have class is from 10 AM to 3PM if possible, since I tend to work afternoons and I work late on those afternoons. However, I have had labs that have been from both 7:50-10:50 AM and also 3-6 PM, and I like both times, even if they do mess up my schedule a little bit.
I have had 8 AM classes and I would not mind having a class at 7:30 at night, but for people who like structure, I would recommend having classes daily at the same times if possible, that way nothing is unorganized. There are many classes each day that are offered at 9:30 and 11:00 AM, as well as an abundance of 1:30 and 3:00 PM classes for each subject.
If you are a person who enjoys long weekends, look for classes that only meet twice a week, that way you don’t resent Friday just because you have one class to go to. If you would rather have a shorter, more relaxed schedule, try to get more of the 50 minute-3 times a week classes so that you have less time spent in class each day.
If you follow what works best with your personality and your preferences, you will be happier in the long run since you will not be forcing your body into undesirable situations (even if it means sacrificing that really awesome teacher who only teaches the one section at 8 AM).
Good luck, and if you have any registration questions, feel free to ask!