Believe it or not, this semester is coming to a close and we are in the midst of the last week of classes. It feels like yesterday I was unpacking my stuff in Denbigh, scrambling to register for all of my classes - and this semester was different: I decided to take not three, not four, but five classes. It's an experience I've never had prior to this, but I have to say there are pros... and cons.
Why? Why would you choose to take on an extra class? The workload here at Bryn Mawr is anything but light. Especially as a History major, I feel like all I do is read. Read, read, read. However, I felt like I wanted to challenge myself after a fairly relaxing semester abroad, and adding an extra class seemed like the best way to challenge myself to focus and get back in shape.
Time-Management. Organize, Organize, Organize! The biggest challenge about taking five classes is time management. You do not want to waste a single day, especially depending on how your schedule pans out. Luckily, my schedule allowed me a three-day weekend, but that too needed to be scheduled accordingly so that I would not fall behind with readings/assignments, etc. Five classes is possible, but it'll challenge you to become a more organized individual, and will help you keep on track with your work, because you'll need to do so in order to keep up!
Diversity. Never in my right mind would I take five humanities classes. I'm willing to bet there are some people who are capable of achieving great things while doing this, but I am just not one of those people. I think one of the main reasons why I decided to take five classes is because the extra class was Probability and Statistics - a mathematics course. There was no reading for the class, and as long as I attended and wrote good notes during lecture, I felt caught up. I think a major part of succeeding with a five class schedule is diversity. Make sure you aren't piling up classes in only one department - you'll want a break from your classes and the subject, and you'll find yourself stuck. Mixing it up makes it that much easier to handle all of the work!
Would I do it again? Yes! This semester was a trial and error sort of semester in alot of ways - including trying out a five class schedule. If you find yourself on the edge about taking five classes, and you consider yourself very organized, I would recommend that you try. And if you aren't feeling it, you can always drop in the given time range the school gives you. This semester didn't feel as hectic or crazy as I expected it to be - and I think that's because I tried really hard to keep an organized schedule and didn't take on too much in other parts of my school life. I have a lighter workload for my senior year (eek!) because I took on a heavier course load this semester, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!