How to Choose Your Courses
With countless university courses available, narrowing down your options can be overwhelming. At Corpus Christi, your advisor will guide you from day one, Year One, until you successfully transfer from Corpus Christi College to the university where you will complete your undergraduate degree. Here’s some advice before you begin.
Take Your Time
“Most students (and their parents) believe you need to complete your university degree in four calendar years. But the 4-year degree is uncommon these days, as giving yourself time to discover your learning style as well as your passions sometimes means spreading your studies out over a longer period of time.”—Jimmy Lam, Academic Advisor
There are plenty of benefits to taking your time
- Achieve higher marks with a lighter course load
- Work/life balance: time for sports, part-time work, social development, volunteering etc...
- Explore a greater variety courses and discover your academic interests
- Incorporate travel, co-op, or internships into your degree
Release Expectations and Pressure from Others
“It’s important to get out of the mentality of doing what others expect of you, whether it’s your parents, peers, or pressure to follow a specific path. What is my dream job? What courses have I really enjoyed taking? What activities am I passionate about? What hobbies bring me life and excitement? These are all questions I ask students and encourage you to ask yourselves”—Aiden Wickey, Academic Advisor
Experiment & Explore
“There are a world of possibilities in university that aren’t offered in high school. Take advantage of them and explore subject areas that spark your interest, even if they aren’t part of your career plan. You never know which courses will open a door to the perfect program – a program you might not even know exists when you start in first year.”—Sarah Scali, Academic Advisor
Changing your mind is common
Remember that changing your direction or major (even multiple times) is extremely common, especially as you discover your personal strengths and areas of interest. Having a good foundation in your first year with a variety of courses and the guidance of an advisor will give you the confidence to make program decisions in the later stages of your degree.
“In your first year, get out of your comfort zone a bit and experiment with different classes, events, and activities. In the long run, this will help you mature and gain confidence as an adult. You will come to know what your strengths and passions are, and then will be in a better position to make decisions such as what you want to major in, or what you want your career to be.”—Jimmy Lam, Academic Advisor
Build Your Portfolio
“Make networking, volunteer work, internships, or relevant part-time work a part of your academic career. Building relationships with professors and people in your fields of interest is such an important part of being successful. Good networks and experience will make your portfolio and resume stand out from the rest, and will create countless opportunities for you after graduation.”—Ashley Wan, Academic Advisor