It’s the summer, and selecting classes may be the last thing on your mind, but for some of us, summer classes and the next semester are just around the corner.  With that in mind here are a few important things to remember to help your schedule.

1: Be Realistic

Don’t expect that you’ll love the five classes you’re taking, or that you’ll just go to sleep early for that 8:05 class three times a week. If you set yourself up for failure by wishful thinking it’s a trap.

2: Variety

You may have a specific interest or major and that’s good,but if you overwhelm yourself with it, you’re going to be sick of it. Think of how many donuts you want to eat after the second one. Additionally, a balanced education ties together well. Political science classes can teach you the sort of skills that can be applied to your other focuses: learning is a giant web, and variety is the spice of life, and this sentence might have been better written had I taken some psych classes to see how the brain reacts to cliches. See what I mean? It’s all connected, and exploring it can help you get to your favourite subjects in interesting ways even as you find new ones.

3: Try Something Unexpected

You’re a professional student in college, and, strangely, you’re paying for the privilege. Might as well explore it. Push yourself or take a different angle: you can always drop something in the first week, usually with no consequence if it doesn’t work. And if it does work? You may find an unexpected talent or skill and at the very least you tried, meaning you can be proud of yourself and take a well-earned nap instead of your usual less-well-earned naps.

4: Do your Homework

Research your class? Don’t like homework? Do homework on how much homework the teacher assigns. Do you really need to buy the books?  Are the tests easy? Is your friend Logan taking it so you can just borrow his notes and skip now and then? All these facets need to be looked at if you’re trying to find the optimal schedule.

5:  Avoid Red Flags

If the syllabus says that “life” is the real test, run. If the teacher looks around the class and starts to cackle like a witch, drop. If the teacher mentions that, when you think about, since “C” is average, you should all get Cs, panic. Finding good classes is good, but sometimes, avoiding bad classes is even better.