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October 25, 2009 1:35 PM

My personal way of how to stay on track

Telebears is here once again, I don't know about you guys but I am frantically trying to plan my classes not just for next semester but also for the two after that. Due to budget cuts, many classes are not offered anymore but its important to have back up classes to take just in case. When I was a freshmen I planned out my four year plan to make sure that I can graduate within the four years. The funny thing is every semester by '4 year plan' looks a little different from before.

Right now I am planning to finish all my upper divisions on time. In CNR for MEB we need to take 36 upper division units and 15 units of those needs to be in the College of Natural Resources. However, I found out that the 36-15=21 units and those can be taken from any college. So besides major requirements I am loading up my schedule with some fun classes! Balance is the key to a schedule, I like to balance my hard requirement science classes with some fun classes such as psychology, music and marine science. Another good tip is that at the beginning of the semester try to find out when all the midterms are. It is very hard to do well in a class when all the midterms are around the same week and then you have three weeks of no midterms. Its hard to stay on track and hard to study and focus on one midterm per class. This is why I love my major, besides having to take MCB102 as a upper division requirement, everything else is pretty flexible, so if midterm schedules conflict, I can just choose another class.

The key to graduating on time is to plan ahead. I know that telebears for the spring is coming up, but it won't hurt to plan out all the classes you should take after the spring semester. Sometimes we think "oh I don't want to put physics 8A and chem 3B all in the same semester because I hear those classes are hard" but as you plan your schedule for the upcoming semester you'll figure out sometimes in order to declare your major on time, or graduate on time that is actually the best way to go. Just load some easy fun classes with the prereqs and everything will be fine.

Plan carefully and plan ahead!


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