It’s time to plan your schedule.

Maybe you’ve already made one, but, at this early stage it’s flexible and, knowing your friends and being in the mix of things again, you can finally make your choices based on your college realities as opposed to your Winter-Break hopes (no way you’re jogging mornings.)

So: what type of schedules can a person make, and what are the pros and cons of them? Glad you asked. Here are several ways you can try a unique or different schedule for your college semester. Look over five of these classics and find out which one is best for you and when.

 

1. No Fridays

What it sounds like: no meetings or classes friday. It turns Thursday into an extra weekend and gives a whole new meaning to “TGIF.”

Pros: Automatic three-day weekend. The ability to travel.

Cons: None.

Difficulty: A given.

2. No Mornings

This is a pretty basic schedule trick: I, for example, have gone for this plan as often as I could. This is the most basic sort of schedule manipulation, and is most commonly discovered by Sophomores who decide that, eh, double-majoring sounds hard.

Difficulty: Easy

Pros: Late nights can be had any night. Perfect for night owls or people who like the flexibility to do something silly on a Wednesday night. Less of a need for naps. The chance to wake up early enough to shower and have breakfast and the gym and make it to class on time.

Cons: Less sunlight. You may have to miss otherwise cool looking classes because 10:30 AM looks impossible now. Doing this once means you’ll do it forever. There’s no going back.

Difficulty: Easy

3.  The Goliath

Taking one legendarily difficult class (or pledging a fraternity) while taking three blow-off classes is a well-known schedule trick. So how does it hold up?

Pros: It will let you survive an otherwise insane trial (pledging or a famously hard class) with your GPA, sanity, and friend-group still intact.

Cons: To pull this off, you’re going to need to waste a lot of your otherwise enjoyable blow-off classes and you might, depending on your goliath, suffer through them. Picking a too difficult blow-off class could result in an unsightly C- in a class you don’t even want or need.

Difficulty: Moderate

4. Three-Day Week

This is a more difficult trick, but, by choosing primarily tuesday-thursday classes (usually with a Wednesday-only seminar) you can have a longer weekend then a week.

Pros: Four-day weekends every weekend!

Cons: Four-day weekends every weekend. Really consider what that might mean for your liver and wallet. Plus, those three days of class will be harder and harsher then they would when split over four days.

Difficulty: Medium. Not recommended for underclassmen.

5. The Student

Take all the classes you want! Look at the classes at neighboring colleges you can go to. Apply yourself and pursue your college education.

Pros: Useful and fulfilling classes.

Cons: Everything else- from commute time, to parties, to GPA- will take a back-seat to following your academic dreams, which is fine and dandy, but your party dreams are going to suffer.

Difficulty: Hard.