By Dr. Eileen Wirth
Since you can’t come trekking into my office, here are some of the registration insights that I share with my 35 official advisees every semester.
Complete Core First
You can’t graduate until you complete Core. The new Magis core is smaller and more flexible than the old core but you still have to complete all requirements. Since all other students have to complete the same requirements, take high demand courses as soon as you can. Don’t leave anything until your final semester if you can possibly avoid it.
Declare a Major by Spring of Your Sophomore Year
Most majors take at least two years to complete, frequently more. Allow plenty of time to fulfill all major requirements because major classes also close and a key requirement may not be offered during the final semester when you have to have it. Major advisors might be able to substitute one course for another but there’s no guarantee.
Study Abroad Junior Year
Junior year works best for studying abroad because freshman year focuses on core, sophomore year on getting established in a major and senior year on completing wrapping up everything. Tell your major advisor as soon as you declare that you need to complete all major requirements in fewer semesters. Assume that most courses elsewhere will be electives. Who wants to spend a semester in Italy taking classes you could get on campus?
Assume that Your Freshman Four Year Plan will Change
View your freshman four- year plan as an outline not an exact road map. Nothing ever works out exactly like you thought it would so trust that a good major advisor will help you figure out how to graduate in four years despite closed courses, requirements offered at conflicting times and all the other roadblocks that can seem so daunting.
Finally, chill. Focus on the essentials and remember Creighton is on the four- year plan. We want you to graduate on time and the odds are very high you will. Good luck!