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!