How to Choose your Courses

Jul 27, 2022

With countless university courses available, narrowing down your options can be overwhelming.

At Corpus Christi College, 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 on how to choose your courses before you begin university.

Take your Time

“Most students (and their parents) believe you need to complete your university degree in four calendar years but a tightly scheduled four-year degree is less common these days. 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
  • Maintain a healthy work/life balance (and have 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 or peers. What is your dream job? What courses have you really enjoyed? What activities are you passionate about? What hobbies bring you life and excitement? These are all questions I ask students and encourage you to ask yourselves.” — Academic Advisor

Experiment and Explore

“There is a world of possibilities in university that aren’t offered in high school. Take advantage of the opportunities 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.” — Experiential Learning 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.

Be Open-Minded

“In your first year, get out of your comfort zone 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 your strengths and passions and will be in a better position to make decisions about your major and career.” — Jimmy Lam, Senior Academic Advisor

Build your Portfolio

“Make networking, volunteering, internships, or relevant part-time work a component of your academic career. Building relationships with professors and people in your fields of interest is 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.” — Academic Advisor