Expand Your Horizons With Elective Classes

One of the most exhilarating aspects of the college experience is scheduling your classes.  The variety and sheer number of classes that most colleges offer is staggering.  From scuba diving to stargazing, you could find just about anything to fit your interests.  With all of these choices it can be easy to be overwhelmed.

If you find yourself with room in your schedule for elective classes, take that opportunity.  Electives are generally not too demanding and can be a great excuse to try something you’ve always wanted to do or learn about.  You can also learn a lot of valuable “real-world” (scary term) skills in the right kinds of classes.

Foreign Language

Some colleges require you to take several foreign language classes, but even if yours doesn’t, taking at least one foreign language class is a good idea.

Learning a new language can seem challenging, but it is a valuable skill to have.  Being at least partially bilingual can give you the advantage when you’re seeking employment in the future.  Besides that, you never know when you might need to communicate with someone in, say, Spanish!

Taking a foreign language class can open the doors to new life experiences.  I have several friends who have studied abroad in foreign countries like France and Spain for their language classes despite not majoring in foreign language.  They say studying abroad is something everyone should try to experience, and while I can’t attest to that personally, I’ve never met someone who had a negative experience while studying abroad.

Even if you’ve taken a foreign language in high school, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on your skills and maybe even learn something new.

Music and Theater

If you’re no stranger to air guitar, singing in the shower, or dancing your room clean, maybe it’s time to take those skills to the next level with a music or theater class.  If your college offers a music or theater program, there are likely to be a lot of elective options for you.

Consider taking an entry level class in something like guitar, dance, acting, or singing.  There’s no need to be intimidated if you don’t have much experience, because most people in your class will be in the same boat.  This makes it a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your creative abilities.  You might find that you have a new passion for the performing arts.

Interviewing

I was required to take an interviewing course during my freshman year of college.  I went in the class with a less-than-thrilled attitude, but I would have never guessed how valuable it would be to me.

Interviews are something that you’re going to be dealing with for the rest of your working life.  A good interview can mean the difference between employment and unemployment.  If your school offers some form of an interviewing class, I couldn’t recommend taking one enough.

From how early to arrive for an interview to what not to say is your greatest strength, a good interviewing class will teach everything you could want to know about preparing for an interview and more.  The workload is also very light, so you don’t have to worry about it taking time away from your other classes.

College is a time of growth.  Of course it’s important to do well in classes related to your field of study, but make time to expand your horizons as well.  Taking up new activities and interests will make you a more well-rounded, experienced person.  These are but a few electives that your college may have to offer, do some investigating to try and find more classes that are right for you.

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John Rademaker

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John Rademaker is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in Electronic Media. At school he enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and working at the campus radio station. Away from school he can be found exploring his hometown, spending time with his family, and listening to music.
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