Classes A’la carte: Serving Up a Balanced Schedule

Posted on 30 April 2014 by admin

What’s on your plate for the fall semester?

registrationBy: REBECCA BIUNDO
In-Depth Editor

It is a quiet day in Clark Hall. The semester is wrapping up and finals are on their way. Professors have been suggesting classes to take next year but students’ schedules are already filled with required classes, work and even club activities. This leaves little free time for students and even less time for sleep.

It can be easy to get caught up in scheduling a lot of classes that are harder and more credits just to get them over with. This can lead to lower than desired grades and dropped classes. A balanced schedule can include a required class but mixing in fun electives can be a great way to alleviate stress from a busy workload.

According to Lorri Milward, academic advisor, there are new interdisciplinary studies courses offered at STLCC-Meramec. “Urban Legends and American Society,” “Topics in Arab Culture” and “The Artist in Society,” are among classes that have been added to the curriculum.

“There is general education checklist for students, we would recommend they’d take the foundation level classes,” Milward said.

In addition to the interdisciplinary studies class, there is also a new literature class being offered. “Graphic Novels and Comics,” will focus on the study of comic books and the graphic novel genre.

Students like to register for classes that have a particular interest in and may mix them into their busy schedules. Meramec student, Tim Hayden plans on taking communications classes.

“I’m taking radio production because I want to go into radio broadcast,” Hayden said.

While there might seem to be a lot of time between now and the beginning of the fall semester, registration is currently underway and classes have begun to fill up.

“Classes in English and Math tend to fill up the soonest because students need them to graduate,” Milward said.

In addition, online physical education classes and classes that do not have more than one section may also be closed due to limited spots and increased interest, according to the interactive class schedule.

So what is the key to getting in interesting classes? “Register early and pay on time,” Milward said.

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