Managing your College Schedule

I can’t believe it’s October already. That means one month has passed since college year started. I’m sure many of you have felt this way before during all beginning school years. But how does it feel to be in college? How different do you think it is compared to high school life? For me, I think managing your schedule is the most different. Usually, school courses start early at 8:00 AM in the morning and students have to wake up early from 6:00 to 7:00 to get ready. But because each college course has its own weekly schedule at different times and days, it becomes a lot more lenient depending on the student. For example, most classes that I have start in the afternoon at 1:10PM. So most of the time, I wake up at 8:00 and feel ready to start the day until the first class starts. I even have one class on Thursdays that starts on 6:40PM, which means I have the rest of the day off! You don’t get a day like that in high school, right? But not all of my classes start late; I still have a morning class on Tuesdays so I have to wake up at 7 to prepare myself. Thankfully, the class isn’t too far, but that’s the earliest class I have so far.

Now I understand that most people will not have the same experience as I do. For instance, some might have a lot of morning classes but are completely free afterwards and have the whole late afternoon to spare time. Others will have a course evenly distributed in the morning, afternoon, and night, which is the hardest schedule to manage. And for me, the last class of the day always ends at night. But whatever the case, understand how your schedule balances out and try to make the best of it. If you’re not satisfied, then try to rearrange it by changing or dropping out of classes. Try to manage your spare time between classes by studying, doing homework, or working at a part time job. If you have important work covered, then go ahead and relax or hang out with friends. By organizing your schedule, you can handle your own life style to get things done and enjoy life.

Speaking of classes, they’re all scattered over four college campuses, so you’ll have to take the bus in order to get to them. Some of us are lucky enough to have most of their classes in the same campus. For example, I live in College Avenue and most of the courses I take are around this campus. But I still have to take the bus to go to Busch Campus and take Calculus 2 Honors and Intro to Computer Science. And believe me when I say this: bus schedules can be super hectic! Since so many students are going all over campus, buses can get so full that you won’t be able to ride one! Or if you’re lucky to get in, you’ll still get crowded inside. It especially gets worse in traffic hours, which usually occur from 4:00 to 6:00. (Take note!) The bus moves so slow that you could end up late for class! (I know how that felt for my first week…) So if you want to make sure which bus to ride and when it’s coming, get the Rutgers App to keep track. It’ll be very useful for other things too, such as checking around campus areas and your course schedule. Once you get the hang of managing your schedule, through courses and buses, you’ll be able to survive college life just fine.