The following entry was written by Molly Benjaminson, Class of 2016.
During your first semester at Emerson, your schedule will be made for you by Academic Advising. After that, it’s up to you to choose what classes you want to take! While it can seem both daunting and freeing at first, there are a few tips that can help you make the most of the course selection and registration process.
Talk to an Advisor
Make sure to schedule a meeting with an advisor to talk about your academic plans. They can help explain a lot of the requirements that might be unclear to you or provide you with options you didn’t know you had. If you have questions about elective credits, non-tuition credits, or taking advantage of the Pro Arts Consortium, they can make everything crystal clear.
Look to the Future
Don’t just consider the upcoming semester when registering. Look at all your requirements for your entire career at Emerson when deciding what courses to take. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with a long-range plan to stay on track with your major or minor, factoring in any plans to study abroad or do an internship.
Knock Out Perspectives
The largest group of general education requirements at Emerson are called perspective courses. A lot of students choose to complete more of these early on, leaving room for a deeper focus on major courses towards the end of their academic career, but it’s up to you.
Dive into Major Courses
Loading up on the intro and required courses for your major allows you to access the advanced classes sooner. The best thing about Emerson is being able to take major-related classes as soon as you get here.
It’s tempting to make every week a 3-day weekend by not scheduling classes on Friday, but don’t let it deter you from taking a class that sounds really interesting just because it’s offered on a Friday. It can also be a great option to pack all your classes into two days per week, especially if you have a job. But be aware that you might spend those two days in back-to-back classes from 8am to 8pm.
Balance your academic needs, work needs, and other obligations. Academic requirements should come first (after all, that’s why you’re in college), but scheduling your classes to plan for large blocks of free time might be helpful if you know you will be committing to other activities.
Finally, make sure you know your pin number (you get that from your advisor), the date that you are supposed to register (that depends on the number of credits you have), and all the necessary codes for your courses (those can be found on ECommon and Emerson’s website).