It is almost to take the important step of signing into a department before choosing your courses for next fall. The major declaration period is in mid-April and important departmental open houses begin in late March. Here are some links to important information:
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Welcome back and Happy New Year! January in Princeton has rhythm that’s different from the rest of the academic year, so I’m writing with a few reminders and tips about how to use your time most efficiently.
Selecting spring courses can be both an occasion for celebration (hooray! I will never have to see [course name here] after this semester!) and anxiety (how will I complete all of these requirements? how can I make sure that I'm choosing the right courses, when I'm interested in so many things?).
In some ways it feels like classes just started, but midterms are just around the corner. Rather than wait for midterms feedback to see how you're doing, it's a good idea to check in with yourself now to see whether there might be practices or approaches you want to change as we move into midterm season.
Remember, you can absolutely do this. Breathe.
Is the spectre of midterms looming large?
Midterms can feel stressful at Princeton because in most cases, you're still going to class, still handing in assignments, still engaging in co-curricular activities. It's a lot to juggle.
That said, it will feel a lot less like an avalanche if you come up with a plan of attack, and tackle small chunks at a time. You can absolutely do this. And here's how:
How will you make sense of the opportunities that await you this year?
New courses, new organizations, leadership opportunities, internship opportunities, and more! One thing you might consider doing this year is beginning the term by setting goals for yourself. It's unlikely that you'd set off on an important journey to a place where you'd never been without a map; so why not create one?