I love all of the great advice given on this forum, which is why I'm coming to you for more advice! I've been giving my freshman daughter unsolicited advice on her 2nd semester schedule, and I'd like to get some feedback from experienced students and parents on whether or not the advice is good.
Right now she has some pretty big goals - Finance major with Technology Management co-major and Spanish minor and hoping for Business Honors. She wants to take a light load 2nd semester (13 hours) because she's hoping to join a sorority and she wants free time to work on the Business Honors app. But I'm advising her to register for 16 hours now, and drop a class within the drop period if it seems too much to handle. By the drop date she will know if she'll be pledging a sorority and have at least a gut feel for the workload. Good advice or bad?
Here's her schedule right now, where she followed my advice:
BUS-A 201 Financial Accounting, BUS-C 104 Business Presentations, BUS-X 202 Technology Honors, MATH-M 118 Finite, HISP-S 326 Hispanic Linguistics, BUS-T 144 Kelley LLC Hot Topics (1 hour class 2nd 8 weeks). The class she would most likely drop if the workload is too high is BUS-A 201, as I talked her into that one in the first place. My reasoning is that accounting will still be fresh in her mind from BUS-A 100 (aced it) and then she can take BUS-A 202 1st semester sophomore year and be done with the basic accy classes which are prereqs for a bunch of finance classes, giving her a lot more flexibility in scheduling her next 3 years. Good advice or bad?
She's also on a wait list for BUS-D 270 Global Business Environments which is a 1.5 hour class that meets the 1st 8 weeks. If she gets off the wait list, she plans to drop BUS-A 201. She likes this because it balances out the 2nd 8 week BUS-T 144 class and her first class on MW would be 11:15 instead of 9AM. :) But I'm advising against it for the reasons I mentioned above about taking BUS-A 201 freshman year and also because it seems like students should take BUS-D 270 and BUS-D 271 Global Business Analysis (another 1.5 hour 8-week class) in the same semester. Good advice or bad?
By the way, she's taking Microeconomics summer 2014 as an online course at our local CC, based on the great advice given on this forum. I know there has been lots of advice to avoid Finite at IU too, but she won't be able to fit in two summer school classes.