Hello! I’ll be starting as a college freshman this fall, and I set up my class schedule last month at orientation. I’m very happy with it, but I do have one concern that I’d like to get some feedback on.
I’m enrolled in a history class that is supposed to be for juniors. History is my major. When I went for pre-advising the day before I registered for classes at orientation, the history adviser recommended that we go ahead and take an upper level history class first semester, because they tend to be way more interesting and challenging than the intro courses. She said that UConn wouldn’t have accepted us if we couldn’t handle it. I’m still worried that I made the wrong decision though, and have gotten myself into a situation way over my skill level.
I’m really excited for this class, because it’s exactly the kind of stuff I’m looking to learn about (history of women and gender). I’m just worried that my writing and research skills might not be up to snuff. I took APUSH and my English class this year was dual credit/AP (Lit, not Lang). I got a 5 on both exams and did very well in the classes, but I’m not sure if I’ve exercised the right types of writing to be successful in this class. I also haven’t had to write an essay with any real research component since freshman year of high school.
I’m not planning on dropping or swapping the class just yet, but when the semester starts I hope to go to the professor’s office hours and ask her whether she thinks I should stay in the class, and if so, for some advice to make it a good experience. I also hope to go to the college’s writing center with my first paper, whichever class that ends up being for.
Have any of you been in a similar situation? Is it probably going to be okay? I’m getting a little anxious about it when I’m not sure I even should be.
Thank you so much!