You guessed it: Calm, Cool, Collected
High drama is the last thing you need right now with exams and final papers/projects on the horizon…so here’s a top (less-than) ten for keepin’ it #CCC:
- Plan to spend some QT with your awesome advisor…don’t try to figure out the matrix of Northern Navigator, course catalog, schedule books all alone. (Can’t confirm…but I’ve heard the secret of the Bermuda Triangle is embedded somewhere in Northern Navigator course descriptions.) This is why you have academic advisors – use them! They’ll help you stay on track and graduate on time – sans stress. Navigating pre-requisites, co-requisites, campus codes, schedule changes, program requirements…aye-yi-yi…I mean, I’d bring my sleeping bag and ‘camp it up’ outside my advisor’s office door if need be. I’m just saying…it’d be a lot warmer than Walmart’s sidewalk, even in a tryptophan-induced trance.
Have a ‘Plan B’…C, D and E. The last thing you want to be doing on January 10 is scrambling to find a class…any class at all…that still has a seat. Go into registration with some options in mind and be flexible. Scheduling often requires some compromise and negotiation…and a big pink eraser. Don’t let this frustrate or discourage you…ultimately…it’s a normal part of the process. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger, right? Not getting the “perfect schedule” (HA! The perfect schedule…have you seen one? I bet you’ve seen a Yeti too, haven’t ya?) is not a deal breaker and doesn’t mean you won’t graduate on time.
Keep hard copies of the scheduling worksheets you and your advisor complete. These can come in uber-handy with employers, family members, classmates… for work schedules, ride sharing,etc. They also provide you with all the info. you need – in hand – when the semester starts and make it easy to follow-up with your advisor if needed…and it’s often needed (see #’s 1 and 2).
Get it done now…like, seriously…I mean, can you even give me a reason why you don’t want to get this taken care of today…right now…this minute…tick-tock, tick-tock….