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September 5, 2011 10:51 PM

New semester, new challenges

Wooohhoooo!! I hope everyone is looking forward to a new school year. It is kind of bittersweet for me because it is my senior year *sad face*. I am sad that I will be leaving Cal but also very excited to be moving on with my life. You'd think a senior would be all pro about getting his semester figured out but not this senior! In fact, I don't even have all my classes figured out yet. The good thing is that I can blog about my process. Currently, my main concern is just getting enough units. I only have 2 more classes left to take to graduate so I have a lot of flexibility. You know what they say, mo flexibility mo problems. Be sure to get a minimum of 13 units unless you petitioned to take less. If you're in a similar situation maybe this can help. Here is what I am thinking about when filling up my slots for units:

-Is there any required class I can take this semester that I originally was going to take next semester? And if so, can I handle the workload? A rookie mistake is to squeeze too many required classes together just cuz you can fit it in your schedule! For example, taking Chem 3B, Physics 8A, Bio 1A, and Math 1B together is definitely not a good idea even though you can probably fit those in a schedule nicely.

-DeCal! DeCals are one of the best ways to take something unique and fun that is taught by your peers! They are usually pass no pass. Check www.decal.org

-Extracurriculars: Before you scramble to fill in units with classes, see if your extracurricular activities give you units. Things like research, SLC tutoring, and PAL =) gives units.

-PE... This one is tricky. I love PE, but it has a low "bang for the buck". PE is usually 2 hours a week but only .5 units. You should really sign up for PE only if you enjoy the activity!


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