Scheduling classes is really stressful, trust me. There are so many to choose from while considering which teachers are the best and whether you can make it to the next class in the fifteen minute time slot, which weighs down the fun part.
If you already know what you're going to major in, picking classes is a little simpler. But if not, your freshman year should be spent figuring out what your likes and dislikes are and where you see yourself at IU and eventually in the real world. Being organized and prepared for your academic advisor meeting during Orientation will help them and yourself. Going into the meeting with a general idea can really speed up the registering process and decrease the stress. A good idea before your meeting is to have backups for your classes, just in case of timing issues or filled classes.
Though all of the general requirements can seem unimportant and a waste of time, I am here to say, take another look. These are the fun classes, ones that can broaden your horizon and bring out interests you didn't you know you had. I took a creative writing class this past semester that i loved. It allowed me to write poetry and a short story that I can cherish the rest of my life. Picking classes like Classical Mythology or astrology relieves some time for you to think about subjects other than your major. The College of Arts and Sciences offer many diverse classes that provide students with unique courses. Who wants to sit and study chemistry all day long? The electives are fun, though they still require hard work and studying; they are good classes to help boost your GPA.
To "kill two birds with one stone", which is something I look to do when scheduling the general classes helps save time for your required courses. Finding a class that counts for both Social and Humanities and World Diversity requirements and that interests you will help later when finding time to crush the rest of your classes together in the last semester. (Classical Mythology is one of the classes, credit for two categories and a fun class). Next fall I am taking Intro to Hinduism, a class that fulfills two general credits that I need, while still providing an interesting subject that I want to learn about. This is probably the class I am looking forward to most, which is the main idea right? Pick classes that you want to learn about, that spark your mind, and make sure you enjoy going to class, even if it is a 8:00 a.m. one!