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The Top Steps to Managing Your Classes

Having a well-thought-out plan or strategy for scheduling your classes during the school year is essential. While you will receive guidance from an advisor after being accepted into the program, it's crucial to be prepared in advance.

Starting school in a new environment can be overwhelming, which makes having your schedule early on quite important. While it's common to hear about "going with the flow," planning ahead is key for academic success. Understanding the core classes required for graduation will prevent the stress of cramming 18-19 credit hours into one semester later on, especially if you are juggling a part-time job and other activities.


Many students from black and brown communities are first-generation college graduates with a strong desire to further their education. Despite their enthusiasm for higher education, these minority communities often lack a clear roadmap for strategically navigating their undergraduate years.

To gain insight into what scheduling and the curriculum entails, reviewing a school's sample schedule for all four years is beneficial. For instance, you can explore Southern Illinois University's Civil Engineering program schedule, the very program that Michael Bempah, PE, completed.


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