Planning Is Not for the Faint of Heart

6 Mar

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” — Alan Lakein

The best advice I can give to anyone in or about to enter college is to take control of your college career. One way to do that is to plan it out. There an numerous resources on campuses to help you figure out what you need to take/do while you are here. Be a self-advocate. Be knowledgeable. Be in control. This is your experience. Your time. Your degree. Your life. So make it count!

If you are one of my loyal fans (can we make up a cool name for this?) by now you know I changed my major multiple times. This just means I got REALLY good at creating 4 year (or less) plans!

Now it is time to create YOUR 4 year plan!

1. First you will need a white board and a array of expo markers.



** Note: although whiteboards give you the space to create this amazing plan, they are not permanent, nor easy to take places. You might want to consider paper and colorful pens/pencils.**

2. Second, you will need resources regarding YOUR major. U of A has helps you out with Degree Search. Here you will be able to find your major, career ideas, and a 4 year plan! Now you might be thinking “can’t I just use that 4 year plan, why do I have to make my own?” The answer is of course you can use that one, but in order to be in control of your time here, think about making your own. 

3. Get to it! Based off of the information you have found the courses you need to take for your major, start planning it out. 

Additional things to consider:

An internship. Do you want one? When? 

Study abroad. Talk to your advisor to see what makes the most sense with your major/minor and interests. You’ll also want to think about when you want to go.

Do you have an interest in adding another major, minor, or certificate? Do you have time?

By knowing what is required of you and your timeline, you will be able to make these decision and take control of your time here!  



— Elena


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