Making the Most of Your Classes

It's that time in the semester when classes are starting to get real. We're past the first few basic lessons and approaching test day, where I suddenly have to remember how to study after not prepping for an exam in over 3+ months. 

What's great about this semester is that a lot of my classes relate to one another. As a freshman, and even a little as a sophomore, I couldn't really tailor my schedule as much as I have the freedom to do now. (Had to get a lot of the pre-req's out of the way!) Now, almost every single class I'm in is about something I genuinely find interesting. (Makes the readings not so bad either...)

I strongly suggest correlating your classes in the future if you can. For instance, right now I'm taking ENG-L249: Introduction to LGBT Studies, and also JOUR-J375: Race, Gender, and the Media. Both of these fill several requirements for my journalism major, but I also find the topics super interesting. And they're already building off one another quite a bit! Next semester I plan on taking Intro to Marketing and also Principles of Advertising, which I hope will also relate to one another.

Just from my own experience, I've really tended to get a lot more out of my courses when I schedule them this way. With so many great choices at IU, I understand it's a lot more tempting to do a little of everything though, so there is plenty of room for flexibility! 

And now, just because we all love them, here some lovely pictures from campus this week. Isn't this weather amazing? (Knock on wood.)

About The Author
Rachel HartogJournalism Major, Class of 2014, Georgetown, IN

I am a journalism major and business minor and plan to graduate in May 2014. Some of my best experiences in life have been because of IU, including studying abroad, meeting great people, and having an awesome internship

After I graduate, I hope to get into the broadcast journalism field, either traveling as a field reporter or getting to cover local events. I'm still exploring what specific area interests me but am open to just about anything!

I am looking forward to sharing all of my experience and everything that makes IU such a great place to be on this blog!