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College life can be grueling. There are papers to write, tests to take, assignments to finish, and you still need to manage to get some social life and sleep in there! One of the things that many college students have a hard time with is choosing the courses that they want to take. The course load that you take each semester can make or break you. If you want to ensure that you are taking the right amount of courses, it comes down to how you are choosing your courses and planning them. Here are some tips to help you when you are deciding which classes that you want to take.

1. Know the requirements of your college. Know what classes you need to take to get your generals and which ones you need to take for your major (if you've already decided one). This step will make planning a lot easier. You will be taking the right credits and you won't have to worry about fulfilling your credits.

2. Choose general classes and classes you need for your major first. These classes tend to fill up the fastest because they are the most important. Don't delay, and secure these classes as quickly as you can.

3. Find the classes that you want to take. Every college has some elective credits that you need to take. Make them count! Take a look at courses that interest you. Ask your friends to see what courses they have found are fun. Electives are a good way to branch out and learn something new!

4. Figure out how many credits you can take. On average, college students take 15-16 credit hours a semester. This depends on if you are working or close to graduating. Decide what you can handle and choose the classes you can. Don't take too many or you will be in over your head!

5. Talk to an advisor. Take the time to talk to an advisor about your schedule. Many times, college students don't realize how hard classes are going to be, and by talking to a counselor, they are able to save themselves a lot of trouble.

Choosing courses is one of the most important parts of your college career. It is also one of the most neglected. It takes time to pick the classes you need and want to ensure that you have a successful semester.