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April 6, 2012   

I have to register for classes in a few days. Last week every student was randomly assigned a registration time. The rising seniors have the first registration day, the rising juniors (that’s me!) register the following day, and then the rising sophomores register the day after that. I have a pretty decent registration time, so I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll get all my classes.

If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be taking fifth term Arabic, Economic Development, Astronomy, and Intro to Psychology. As if that wasn’t good enough already, I won’t have class before noon on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and I will only have one class (at 2:30pm) on Tuesday and Thursday.

Choosing classes is never easy. There are always way too many courses I want to take and whittling down that list to only four classes takes some time and serious thought. It’s also important to take into consideration things like what time the classes meet and the size of the workload you’re prepared to take on.

When I was a first-year student I took a bunch of morning classes. It was great; I would be done every day by noon and had the rest of the day to be productive. The only problem is that I was never actually productive. I would start doing my reading for history and I would wake up an hour later drooling on my textbook, having read all of four pages.

When it comes down to it, I’m just not a morning person. It’s not worth the struggle for me to wake up early and spend the whole morning in class. What I have found this semester is that I’m actually more productive if I take courses that meet later in the day. I get a little more sleep and when I wake up I can get a fair amount of work done before class.

Because of other commitments, I actually have to get up a little earlier some days. But on Wednesdays my first class is at 12, and there is nothing better than not having to set an alarm on a weekday.