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It was class registration for the next semester yesterday. Thinking as seniors we would be get first dibs on everything and therefore be able to get the popular classes, it was a big frustration that the elective classes we wanted clashes with our core classes. So bleeding much for having first dibs!

According to calculation, if do not choose to take any electives this semester, would have to do take around 18 credits for the final semester. It’s a very normal amount in any other semester. In comparison to other classmates, however, that’s a whole lot extra credits because they took extra credits the previous semesters so they could take the minimal amount of credits the final semester, which would be about 13 credits.

The reason many chose to do so is because they think they need all the extra hours they can get to write their final papers. In reality, though, wouldn’t be surprised if they used those free hours to have fun before graduating, before toiling the last few weeks of the final semester writing the paper. After all, that was exactly what a senior informed to self the previous semester when asked her about her final paper. And most of them managed to score an A for their paper.

So if going by what the senior have said, the question of time and extra credits does not matter in writing the final paper. But then again, whatever free time one can manage to scrunch up would certainly have more good than harm, wouldn’t it?

That’s why am searching through the list of electives for the umpteenth time to look for an elective to take this semester so could take one less subject in the final semester. The problem is, the electives wanted to take clashes with core subjects, and have no interest whatsoever in the few electives that do fit into timetable.

On one hand, electives give a student the choice to choose something she wants to study and therefore she should exercise this choice carefully. On the other hand, electives provide an avenue to study subjects that are out of the core study’s scope and therefore should be more open to new, foreign subjects that may possibly develop an interest if she gives it a chance.

(But surely she should know herself better and what she might like to study or not?)

Should she take an elective she doesn’t want to take this semester and hope for the best? Or should she wait and hope the electives she wants to take would fit into her timetable perfectly in the final semester and suffer a little more for juggling more subjects in addition to writing her final paper? And what if those electives do not fit into her timetable then? Not only she has to take a lot more credits in the final semester, she has to take up electives she doesn’t enjoy studying! What a gamble this decision may be…

Another semester, another dilemma. Previously have asked for readers’ advice, and have gone against the consensus. Feel bad for soliciting advice and basically going against it before, but if you have any spare change don’t let that discourage you from putting two cents into the cookie jar!

Comments on: "Listen to your head, or your heart?" (5)

  1. Mm.. I’m the 1st to comment.

    Don’t feel bad about asking other people about opinions on what you should/they would do. After all, they are opinions and only you truly know what you really want or need.

    If money and time were not a constraint, I’d go for adding another semester.

    For my several last semesters, the subjects that I wanted also clashed and I ended up taking the easier subjects. Which may/may not hurt my total grades.. Not sure. Listening to seniors and taking actions based on their comments sometimes backfire because own abilities and interests were different from them.

    sulz: haha, not nice meh? πŸ˜› adding another semester means can’t graduate with friends! as much as love being a student am very much planning to graduate with friends. eh easier subjects, they probably helped in your cgpa! true that, the senior bit.

    after discussing with friend, am planning to take up an elective this semester which will leave only one elective to take up in the final semester. and if by chance both electives have wanted can fit into schedule will take extra credit. so technically sort of a win-win situation here. πŸ™‚

  2. You are a smart person I bet you make the right decision for you. But even if you do not you have plenty of time to correct it. It is rare that you cannot change direction when you take a wrong road. (Though changing roads and directions can sometimes turn out expensive.) Once you are finished you may even change career directions again after a few years. Just do not be like a couple of friends I have had over the years, who were career students. They went to school just to avoid working in the real world. Just have fun with it and follow your instinct. That is all anyone can do in final analysis.

    The best advice I know is contained at this story link.

    http://www.rickwalton.com/aesop/aesop282.htm

    sulz: have read that fable before, but it is a nice reminder, and point very well taken. πŸ™‚

  3. I wouldn’t give advice, but I’d go for exploring something new. πŸ™‚

    And as for asking for advice and then not taking it, sometimes simply seeing what other people advise makes us realise what we really want to do. Kind of like heads or tails and then going the other way, no?

    sulz: you hit the nail right on the head re asking for advice! thanks for your “non-advice.” πŸ˜‰

  4. Ah, because I heard from seniors that Artificial Intelligence was an EXTREMELY tough subject so I took another subject but my coursemate got 90%+ in that final exam! Can’t really compare..

    sulz: but maybe you might not have done as well as your friend? haha, but am sure you passed your computer science degree with flying colours! and it’s good to read in your blog that you aren’t limiting yourself to job interviews within the scope of your degree, as most people would.

  5. We were quite close though he got higher marks in technical subjects. Still! I regretted that only because I was disappointed in my result for a subject that semester. Not his brilliant fault. My mistake for listening to seniors without researching more into the subject.

    sulz: let’s hope that lesson will stay with you for life so you won’t repeat it in a similar situation, yea? πŸ™‚ as for self, would proceed with both caution and open-mindedness when it comes to electives next semester.

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