A Plan of Action

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Happy Early Spring, everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. For me, it was the last homework-free weekend I’ll have until May, so I made it count! I was able to spend time with some family and friends … and even friends of the furry variety:

Hailey feeding the neighborhood's "pet deer" with her Papaw 🙂

One thing I’ve always enjoyed about the IMC program is that besides the introductory (IMC 610) and capstone (IMC 636) courses, which have to be taken first and last respectively, students can pretty much design their own schedules–as there is no particular order in which you have to take the courses. When I logged into my courses this morning, it occurred to me that this is the first time—and will be the only time—that I have taken two electives together. How fun! 🙂

My friend, Elise (hi Elise!), is starting the IMC Program this semester. After she was accepted last fall she asked my opinion on what course to take after IMC 610. I told her that it might be a good idea to get some of the core courses completed before moving on to the electives, simply because the core courses along with IMC 610 are great foundation courses. One thing that helped me—especially when taking two courses at once—was enrolling in a course that I thought might be more challenging along with a course on a subject I was more familiar with.

The bottom line is that everyone has a different strategy when it comes to scheduling classes and the correct way to do it is the way that works best for YOU. Some of my classmates have told me that they got all the “hard” courses out of the way first and then moved on to subjects they were more familiar with. Others have alternated between “hard” courses and “fun” courses. And keep in mind that a subject that is difficult for one student might come easily for you.

Along with great advice from Professor Stump (and, trust me, I’ve picked her brain a lot), I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback about scheduling classes by asking my classmates what worked well for them and what didn’t. So, for you new IMC students, I will ask again. Current students and IMC grads: What is your scheduling strategy? What worked for you? What didn’t?

Good luck, everyone!

PS – Remember to use the IMC Course Checklist to make sure you have the courses you need to graduate!

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