Can anyone share/recommend great sample schedules for an incoming freshman? (not only major-entry courses)
If it's relevant, I plan to take either Economics/Psychology as a major & Chinese as a foreign language.
Can't find any solid sample schedules & the one on the Economics department page only includes major-entry courses.
Tips would also be appreciated!
Although this isn't directly major-specific tips, here are some of the things I keep in mind when picking classes and scheduling each semester:
- Be realistic - are you really going to wake up Mondays at 9? If there's a later section, it might be better to pick that one.
- Don't jam every day full - leave yourself a less busy day (most people to Fridays) so you can either spend time with friends, explore the city, or just catch up on work!
- How long of a day? - this is actually an important question! If you have 3 classes on TR, do you want them 9-6 with breaks, or 10:30-3 straight through? Some people prefer having space to catch a breath between classes, whereas on the other hand I prefer being done earlier and in a shorter amount of time!
- Course ratings - of course, ratings aren't everything (ex: a hard professor is definitely worth it if they're really well-rated! Professor quality makes such a difference in the experience), but if you're struggling to decide between different scheduling options maybe ratings can help influence your decisions (and hopefully get a better schedule).
- Don't forget to eat - this is actually stupidly easy to do when you have classes especially getting accustomed to Penn and full of excitement. Make sure you plan times to grab breakfast/lunch or have schedules where you can dip by Wawa, a food truck, or Pret in the middle!
Bovine Bear, May 26 2019, 5:58PM