Choosing the Right Electives

Spring 2018 class registration is around the corner for most of us, and it’s hard to decide which classes to take as electives when you’ve fulfilled most of your requirements. I finished my last Gen-Ed a year ago, and this made me consider which electives I deemed important to take in the short time I have left.

The following tips are a few things to keep in mind when choosing classes that can add spice to a resume, and help you in the future.

 Pursue an Interest

Have you been interested in learning about a topic for a while, but haven’t been able to dedicate time to it? Take a class in it! Not only will you learn more about this topic and make it applicable, but you’ll have the chance to meet other people who are interested as well. This can lead to better connections, possible friendships and make you a more diverse candidate for a job or internship. I’m currently taking an introductory course in Sociology, and my understanding of much of our socialization has improved.

 

Think Outside of the Box

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One of the best things about college is the variety of topics that are offered each semester. Student are free to take courses on any subject! Use this to your advantage. Courses range from physical education, professional development and health/wellness just to name a few. Taking a diverse range of courses can enhance your chosen field, reveal a new path or help you develop a skill you didn’t think was possible.

 

Be Certain It’s Relevant

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While it’s important to pursue different interests, keep in mind each department has extra courses dedicated to internships and other skills needed in your profession. These courses also have people in different levels of your field or related fields, which can lead to you finding a mentor or even becoming one. Whichever position you find yourself in, you’re bound to learn about yourself in ways you otherwise wouldn’t have.

College is essentially about building skills, networking, and learning information. Electives, like required courses, give the opportunity and space for you to improve upon skills you already have and to learn new ones. Take each course with the intent of bettering yourself in any way you deem fit, and success will find you before you know it.

This blog post was written by Kayla Boone, Director of Social Media.

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