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Choosing classes can be a scary experience at first.
High school was typically easier. Often your class schedule was laid out for you. College allows for many different paths, which is exciting but often anxiety provoking.

You'll find helpful advice in the guide not only for selecting classes but also for choosing a major. Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for students to switch majors in college because they begin college following a parent or friend's advice without truly examining what they would actually be studying or doing with the major. In the guide, you'll find helpful advice regarding majors that could help you avoid having to switch majors later. In addition, there are many applicable tips and strategies for choosing classes to give you the best chance for being successful.  Listed below are just a few of the many tidbits you'll find in the Beginning College 101 guide.

Unfortunately, as a freshman you are beginning at the bottom of the ladder of the school once again. As a first-year student you get to choose your classes from those that are leftover. Seniors choose their classes first, then juniors, then sophomores, then first-year students. What is even more unnerving is that until you’re a sophomore you may not have enough class rank to get many courses that really appeal to you. That is why some of the strategies listed in Beginning College 101 can really pay off.
TIP #1
Take prerequisite courses early. Prerequisite are courses that are required before you can take another course. Many majors have prerequisite courses. For instance, some majors require that you take the survey course first before you can take other courses in the major. For example, until you take general psychology you may not be able to take other psychology courses. Some courses also have prerequisites beyond the survey course. Using psychology as an example again, if you wanted to take the psychological research methods class, you might first need to take psychological statistics. And you might not be allowed to take the psychological statistics class until you completed general psychology. To be able to graduate on time means getting prerequisite courses out of the way early.

Source: Chapter 15, Page 76
TIP #2
Register early. If your college offers more than one freshman registration date, make sure that you attend the earliest scheduled date. In fact, you may want to try to meet with an academic advisor two or three days earlier than the scheduled date. This may not be allowed but it is worth a shot. Academic advisors will be extremely busy on the day that you are scheduled to register. As a first-year student you will get more and probably better attention from an advisor who’s not feeling burned out from advising 30 to 50 other students that same day.

Source Chapter 15, Page 77
TIP #3
If you take an AP class in high school, take the AP exam! AP courses will only count as college credits if you take the AP exam and score well. After your exam is scored you will receive your results in the mail—scores range between a 1 and 5. Many colleges will give you credit for the AP course if you score a 4 or 5 on the test. Some will honor a 3. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your scores have been submitted to the college. Check with the admissions and/or registrar department for verification and assistance

Source Chapter 15, Page 78
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