Countdown to College: Course Crazy
For the first couple of months after my college acceptance, it was all about celebration. Buying up sweatshirts and car decals on the bookstore website, networking with my future classmates on Facebook, making pro/con lists for next year’s housing choices. But recently, my future hit me as being much more real when my school’s course catalog for the 2009-2010 school year was put online for current students (as well as curious prefrosh) to use in selecting their courses. And, being the geek that I am, I perused nearly every humanities department’s section and salivated at the descriptions of the classes I’d love to take.
But my passion for intellectual pursuits poses a problem for me. While my school does not have any core requirements, there is no possible way I could take every course that interests me in four years. I plan to be an English major, but there are courses in the history, government, philosophy, religion, and film departments that sound like incredible classes. I love to learn anything and everything and I will take every opportunity to do so; yet time constraints and forces beyond my control will make it impossible for me to take certain courses.
I’ve considered a possible double-major if I fall in love with another department, but that still leaves many, many courses out in the cold. Courses that may not be vital to my major or to my future career, but courses that would undoubtedly be intellectually stimulating and enriching. After all, when else during my lifetime will I have so many learning opportunities at my fingertips?
I know I’ve got time to think about my freshman year courses and map out the next four years, but I can’t help feeling excited about planning my future. I suppose I’ve got some thinking (and pro/con list-making) to do. What suggestions do you college students and grads have for choosing courses from a large menu of possibilities?