A step in learning better is to learn fewer things simultaneously. This means you are going to take the bare minimum number of classes to be considered a full-time student.
Whoa, shouldn’t I be taking four classes like the other schleps? If you go hard after social pursuits, your GPA will suffer.
Don’t be stupid.
Why should you be taking the bare minimum number of classes (12 credits)?
You need to reduce your academic load, so you can maximize extracurricular activities (gym, social campus jobs, clubs, sports, social life, rushing frats, etc).
Hopefully, by now, I have sold you on the importance of the above extracurricular pursuits. These pursuits are WORK! At times, you’ll be like, “Yo, should I be getting a W2 from all these things?” THAT’s how much work you’ll be doing.
You’re gonna be gasping for air if you stack four classes on all of your commitments. Take one fewer class. Easy!
Also, the ROI on social involvement (time & money invested vs. social gains) in the first six weeks of your first semester of college is the highest it will be for your 8 semesters there.
Most schools allow you to overload (take more than 16 credits), so you can pick up the slack later.
Despite the material getting harder as you progress in school, your classes get easier because your learning process is streamlined.
What do you mean by streamlined?
Think about it.
Firstly, you ‘ve been learning how to do well in college aka how to study.
Secondly, you have friends who are helping you study/giving you notes.
Thirdly, you’re no longer figuring out operations i.e. where’s the best dry cleaning place, where’s XYZ hall/building. Your life is more streamlined.
So don’t be too intimidated by taking an extra class. I’ve done it multiple times as an econ and math major (unequivocally discourage this major).
A crappy first semester GPA is difficult to overcome. Maintaining a 3.7+ GPA is important to pass resume filters for jobs and to attend a top-MBA program (a 2-year party which you wanna attend on a scholarship).
This is easy.
Top jobs filter resumes based on GPAs (anything less than a 3.5 is in the trash — especially through online submissions).
MBA programs want applicants with high GPAs so they can be ranked higher. They’ll only give you a scholarship (aka “invest in you”) if you’re a top applicant. Top applicants have good GPAs.
Which classes are the easiest?
For me, the easiest classes were “Intro to Spanish” and “Calculus 1 for business/economics students”. This leaves one more class. I would go on to your school’s page on College Confidential, and ask something like “Which freshmen classes have the highest proportion of A’s?” This is an objective question, so you’ll get objective answers. A subjective question would be “What’s the easiest class?”, which will get you subjective answers.
DO NOT take your writing seminar. Writing is a big time commitment and you’ll be a better writer when you’re an upperclassmen.