Being a college student doesn't require taking boring courses all the time. Instead, you can choose wisely and take fun classes while earning credit hours, all while not messing with your graduation timeline!
Your academic semester will get mundane if you’re going through the same type of classes for around 15 weeks. For some of you, your class schedule looks like three major classes and two minor classes every semester until you graduate. If your major and minor are under the same department, you may only take classes in one campus building. That means that there’s no diversity of subjects, students, or professors in your academic schedule; therefore, an underrated aspect of scheduling an enjoyable class is it’s a refreshing change of pace during the week. You’re free to relax and soak in the knowledge of a subject you’re interested in. You can also boost your intellectual curiosity, practice getting outside your comfort zone, or discover a lifelong hobby.
To start, if you like art or want to try it and get out of your comfort zone, then you have many options to choose from, starting with digital art like graphic design and photography. These two fun courses can give you a skill that helps you throughout your lifetime. If you’re thinking about being a part-time or full-time photographer, it’s a great idea to take a college class to improve your craft. In addition, if you want to get introduced to interior design and learn to use AutoCAD, then I strongly suggest taking SAG 175.
Another way to earn general education credits is by learning a new language. You never know how much learning a language can change your life until you do. Speaking from my own experience, I assure you that speaking multiple languages is very beneficial. Whether you want to learn Spanish, Chinese or French at EMU, it is possible!
Believe it or not, you can take a yoga class and still earn credits. This is known as Learning Beyond the Classroom, where you have hands-on experience or do specific exercises with a professional, earning special skills and credits. I once took an engineering class that counted toward LBC credit hours, and it was so beneficial. I gained many skills like 3D printing and designing on Inkscape, which I consider great skills.
To sum up, being smart when creating your schedule and choosing courses can change your college experience as a whole.