What to Remember When Building Your Class Schedule: Location, Location, Location!

There are a lot of differences between the classes you will take in college and the classes you took in high school. They can be a lot larger. There are more of them to choose from. But the main difference between them is that they aren’t located in the same building anymore.

The Downfalls of Distance

College campuses can be pretty expansive with several different buildings containing hundreds of class sessions a day. New students oftentimes forget that important detail when creating their class schedule then accidentally make the most inconvenient class schedule in the world. A new student not paying attention to the location of their classes might pick their first class from the south end of campus and then pick the next on the north end, making it hard for even someone like The Flash to get to their class in ten minutes. That awful, inconvenient distance between his or her classes will lead to many problems their entire first semester.

The biggest problem I see happening a lot of the time to people who forget to pick classes close in proximity to each other is their attendance in their classes dramatically decreases. And everyone likes to think they have a valid excuse for missing, “It’s raining.” “This is an unimportant lecture, I don’t need to rush there.” “There’s nothing due today.” “I can get the notes from someone else.” Blame what you want; you know you would have no problem going to your class if it wasn’t so darn hard for you to get to.

Map it Out

In most cases, a lot of the larger classes are offered in different buildings or classrooms so they are accessible to more people. What I recommend doing is for you to bring a campus map with you when you are making your schedule and circle in one color the buildings that contain the class you would be interested in taking. Then circle the buildings of your next possible class in another color. Repeat this for all of your classes and then pick the ones that are the closest to each other.

Circle where you will be living as well, so you can see where everything is compared to your house. Some classes are only offered at night and walking home after dark on college campuses can sometimes be scary for new (and old) students. Picking later classes close to home can make that experience a lot easier.

Your first year is going to be a huge adjustment as it is. Why create more problems for yourself and add a bunch of unnecessary stress with something so minor as getting yourself to class?

I do understand how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of having the freedom of being able to take fun classes like ice-skating and intro to film. But however random and exciting your schedule may be, it won’t be any fun for you if you have to sprint a mile and a half to get to your classes in time. This is why I always tell new students that when they are making their class schedules, ALWAYS LOOK AT THE LOCATION OF THE CLASSES BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR IT! Your experience will be much more enjoyable if you do.

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.