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The best decision I made freshman year

 Written by    February 12, 2018

You probably hear a lot of scheduling advice. Don’t take any 8 a.m.s! Don’t take online classes, you’re lying to yourself if you think you’ll do the work! Schedule all your classes close together! No, spread out your classes! Don’t you DARE take physics and chem in the same semester!

Well, I have the best piece of scheduling advice for you, and I know it’s the best from personal experience (and, well, personal bias).

Schedule a day off.

Yes, my friends, you don’t need to have classes five days a week. My first semester, I had all Tuesday-Thursday classes and one on Wednesday, so I had a four day weekend every week. This semester, Spanish is Tuesday-Friday, so I didn’t have that luxury, but I still have Mondays free. Let me tell you, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

Having Monday (or any other day) off isn’t so you can be lazy and sleep until noon, and then watch Netflix until it’s time to sleep again. A full day off gives you time to complete so much work, and you don’t even have to change out of your pj’s. A full work day every week has seriously made college so much easier for me.

On Mondays, I get up at 9 a.m. and get right to work. I start with any homework that was given Friday and needs done for class on Tuesday. Then, I do my entire week’s worth of Spanish online homework so I don’t have to worry about it later. I also take stats online, so I complete all (or almost all) of my stats work for the week that day, too. That way, my week of classes hasn’t even started, but I have so much less to worry about. I have time to read in the evenings or grab dinner with friends. I can use the rest of the week to get a head start on upcoming essays or assignments. A full day where I devote myself to nothing but schoolwork has made my college experience so much less stressful.

But Brittany, you say, not everyone can just have a four-day schedule like you! I understand that. What I’m saying, though, is if you have the opportunity, do it. First semester, I took a Spanish class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. two nights a week instead of a midday class four times a week. You might have to finagle your schedule a bit, but you’d be surprised; a day or two off is often possible. My boyfriend is a CSE major and has Tuesday and Thursday off, so I promise, this can work with schedules that you don’t think it will.

Scheduling at least one day off was, without a doubt, the best decision I made my freshman year. If you utilize it well, then your classes and workload will no longer be the burden they are now. Trust me.

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