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“How can I make a perfect class schedule?” is a question that we all ask ourselves as college students. I’m not going to lie, I used to stress a lot just thinking about it. However, as a junior transfer student, I have a bit of practice on the subject, so I’m here to share the techniques that have helped me along the way:

  1. Know the In’s and Out’s of Your Major

Make sure to read your major’s website and annotate your pre-requisites, requirements, and electives. Having a clear list of the classes you need makes it easier when deciding which ones to pick first. 

2. Talk to Your Counselor About Your Career Path

Are you planning to finish your major in three, four, five years? Are you a transfer student planning on taking one extra semester? Do you want to take classes during the summer? Having an idea of your career path will help you to expand your classes into different semesters. 

3. Research Which Classes are Only Offered Certain Semesters

Not all classes are offered throughout the whole academic year. Many classes are only offered during the fall, spring, or even just the summer. Knowing this beforehand will save you the frustration of waiting an entire year because you didn’t sign up when you had to.

4. Pick the Classes That are Required First

I know how tempting it is to take those interesting electives. However, it is better to balance it out. Take at least two or three requirements per semester and one elective so you can be ahead of the curve. 

5. Check “Rate my Professor”

RateMyProfessors.com is such a helpful tool! Check out the professors and lecturers of the classes you would like to take. Are they harsh graders? Do their classes require a lot of work outside of lectures? Knowing this will help you decide which classes to pair.

6. Timing is Everything 

Start looking for your classes early. This will give you enough time to figure out which days to study. Some classes have lectures, discussions, and laboratories. Try to spread these out during the week so you don’t overload yourself. If you start planning this early, you’ll find the schedule that works best for you. 

7. Enroll in Meaningful Classes

Don’t just follow the path that everyone is taking and instead, use this as an opportunity to explore something you are passionate about or interested in. The perfect schedule is the one that fits into your routine, but also helps you develop your knowledge and curiosity for your major.

Alondra is a Peruvian Junior transfer at UC Berkeley, majoring in Film and Media Studies with a minor in Journalism. Passionate about the arts, traveling, and women empowerment; you can find her either enjoying hot chocolate while drawing, or out for an adventure to write about.
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