If you’re a CU Buff, you know that spring semester is just around the corner – and getting closer every day. While this is all the more reason to enjoy winter break while it lasts, it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about what next semester will look like here in Boulder. Chances are you’ve already set up your schedule – but if you’re having second thoughts about the classes you’ve signed up for, you’re not alone. Keep reading for five easy ways to set yourself up for success through your spring schedule.

1. Get It Done ASAP

As time keeps ticking, classes for next semester will continue filling up at rapid speed. If you haven’t already started planning your class schedule for 2018, get started as soon as you can. Setting up your schedule early on will make sure that you can get into the classes you want to take or need to take for your major, and you can also create a schedule that works best for you. Plus, the sooner you sign up for that lecture, the less likely you’ll be stuck with a 7 pm class.

2. Even Out Your Work Load

Are you already signed up for a class with a heavy workload on one day? Try to arrange your classes so that you have easier classes on that day, or even try making that your only class of the day if it’s an especially hard class. Doing this will help you stretch out your workload throughout the week and will prevent you from getting stuck with three massive papers due on the same day of the week. It’ll make it easier to get everything done, and you won’t feel as overwhelmed.

3. Make Time for What’s Important

The nice thing about scheduling your classes at CU is that it’s completely up to you to arrange when your classes are, and what days your classes will fall on. As eager as you might be to get your classes out of the way, make sure to take your personal time into consideration. Do you work during the year? Create a schedule that will allow you to get more work hours. If you’re not a morning person, fill up on late-night lectures so you don’t have to endure the dreaded 7 am class.

4. Include Your Prerequisites

As much fun as all of your major classes might be, you can’t let yourself forget about your prereqs. These are the basic classes that you need to graduate, and it’s usually smart to get them out of the way as soon as you can so you don’t have to worry about them in the future. Have at least one prereq class in your schedule per semester – this way, you won’t have to take five of them your senior year. Once you’ve made sure at least one of your classes fills a prereq, it’s smooth sailing for the rest of your year.

5. Take Classes You Love

Although prereqs may be necessary, that doesn’t mean you can’t take classes that genuinely interest you. Try including some electives that focus on subjects that excite you – it’ll help motivate you to study and do well in that class. Even if it doesn’t fit in with your major, studying something that you’re passionate about is what college is all about. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by – make the most of the time you have and try out some classes that you’d never get to take in high school!

As winter break rolls on, most of us are focused on seeing our family and friends and relaxing before the beginning of the new semester. However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore your schedule for the upcoming year. Getting started might seem scary, but the sooner you tackle your schedule and make it work for you, the sooner you’ll look forward to going back. With these five easy tips, you can create a class schedule that will leave you stress-free for the rest of the year. You never know what opportunities lie in 2018!


Madi Sinsel

Hello OneClass! My name is Madi and I'm a freshman at CU Boulder (sko buffs). I'm exploring various majors in the art field right now, and I'm specifically interested in graphic design and journalism. My hobbies include making lots of art, watching Netflix in copious amounts, and saying hi to every dog I see.

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