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A Word of Academic Advice

It has been a quiet week in Wagner's social life, but you all have to get ready for the upcoming posts because they will be great. So, before going into the usual Christian blog posts, I would like to have my academic life known. Despite being only a sophomore at Wagner College, I do have some experiences and some advice for any incoming freshmen.

It is fine if you do not know what major you plan to have when you come here. It is a liberal arts college, and you will eventually find your perfect major. It would be good if you have an idea of what you might like to go into, though — that way you get placed in the right freshman learning community. As I explained in a previous blog post, a learning community (LC) is where freshmen get placed according to what they answered in a survey for new students. These LCs help the students by giving them a taste of what their major will be like. Usually most LCs help the students make up their minds about what they want to study. By the end of my first semester, I had gotten straight As in all of my classes, placing myself on the Dean's List.

Second semester of Wagner College is where you really begin to choose what classes you want to take. It is difficult to get the classes you want, since the juniors and sophomores get to choose first. Even if the classes you want have been taken, you should really look into taking all of your General Educations first. That is just what I have been doing my first two years at Wagner — I have tried my best to get all of my General Educations out of the way and concentrate on my major my final two years of college.

Some might say this is not very wise, but that is where double and triple dipping comes in handy. What is "double and triple dipping"? It's when you take classes that satisfy two or three requirements of your General Education and/or your major. For arts administration majors this technique is one of our salvations, since we can begin taking as many electives as we want by our senior year. I cannot really speak from experience, but several of my graduate friends that were arts admin majors did this, and their senior year was more or less relaxing.

Friend and I dressed as Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace for an Italian presentation.

By the end of this semester I will have fulfilled almost all of my general education requirements, and I cannot wait to take more classes in my major. Even if some of the courses I am taking at the moment are not classes that I am thrilled to take, this does not mean they are not interesting or even fun. I have to say I love every single one of the classes I am in this semester; the professors are great, and the people taking the classes, too. I am even content with the high grades I get. Hard work does pay off.

That was pretty much the insight I have for you about my academic life. I hope I have been of help, and if there are any questions please let me know.

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