Sol G. Writes, “Getting Ready For Fall 2012.”

It’s here.

The Extension School website has some useful tips for choosing courses, and of course you know to use the degree course selector if you’re enrolled in the degree program.

I’ll be in PSYC E-1605 The Brain in Psychology I: the Neuroanatomical Basis of Psychological Function (14011) this semester. I’m excited about it. It’s great to be taking on-campus classes again- the narcolepsy’s pretty tightly controlled now,and I’m excited to be able to be here in person again. Yay, modern medicine! With that in mind, one of the things to talk about in getting ready for fall is assessing exactly what you are going to be able to do, since only you know the circumstances of your life.

This means financially, because when you add up your classes, remember that there are other things involved. This can range from books for the course to supplementary materials, like dictionaries, calculators, etc. (Yes, these exist free online, but don’t always work on the train or other places you may want to study.) There are free resources to make sure you have, like a  local library card. I’ve often found it more convenient to go to my city library than the school’s, though I like Harvard’s better.

Think about time: each class has homework. Think about how many hours per week you have, and it may be important for you to take one class that’s writing intensive with one that isn’t, to avoid having massive numbers of papers due at the same time.

 

This means extracurricular activities, too. Are you leaving an evening free if it’s essential to you to see your family/friends? Are you taking part in clubs? (Yes, it’s possible to be a part of a club even if you aren’t on campus.  I’m sure that contacting the club leaders will spark great conversations about how you can be involved!) For my part, I was elected Director of Student Affairs for HESA again, and that’s something I’m happy to make time for. I’d recommend attending the General Assemblies- they’re broadcast online for our distance students to participate.  We have a lot of new things planned, and it should be a good year. It’s also a good place to meet other students, and you don’t have to be enrolled in the degree programs to be involved.

Your life is your life, and you know what’s in it. You know better than anyone whether you’ll have to trade chores, arrange for meals, buy new notebooks, or plan extended “do not disturb” times with your roommates so that you can attend online classes. But whatever preparations you’re making, welcome in, and welcome back, for those returning!

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