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Hi all. So I've been looking over all of this registration stuff and schedules for the fall, and I'm looking for opinions about the number of classes I can take. I've only been out of school for a year, so I'm still used to the schedule of academia. It's also pretty likely that in the fall I'll only be working about 18 hours a week. (Fingers crossed that I'll still at least have a job.) So here's my question: for those of you who have taken 12 or 16 credit hours in a semester, how doable is it? I have pretty solid time management skills, and, as I said, I won't be working a whole lot - and I'd like to graduate by next December, if at all possible. Am I going to go insane if I take three or four classes?
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alethiosaur From: alethiosaur Date: May 29th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
No way. Of course, this may depend on the classes you end up taking, but in general, three classes is normal, and four is doable if you're accustomed to the life of a student.

GSLIS allows you to drop classes, or reduce the number of credits for which you're taking a class, until really late in the semester, without penalty. You can always give yourself a month to try it out and reduce if necessary.

Good luck!
tofu_vamp From: tofu_vamp Date: June 2nd, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really depends on what sort of classes you're taking and what sort of job you have. I had three jobs and four classes this last year (25-30 hours a week of work with 16 credit hours my first semester and 14 my second). It was rough, but it was doable and I was used to a really intense academic schedule and don't much follow the whole weekends-are-for-fun thing. If you're taking classes like data mining and network systems, yes, you'll likely go insane because they have bigger workloads. If you're taking classes like reference and library buildings, you definitely won't go insane.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 29th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

agree - it depends

I finished my MSLIS in 14 months. 1 course during first summer while working full time, then 14 credits in the fall (20 hrs work), 14 credits in the spring (20 hrs work) and 8 hours (3 courses) in Summer II while working 15 hours. Remember that 1/2 credit does not equal 1/2 the work (usually about 2/3 - 3/4 of the work, but not 1/2!)

Admittedly, it's not for everyone. The only reason I pushed through so fast is because I wanted a school/academic librarian position, and those typically start in August.

Plan your courses in advance, see what combination you can take per semester. Some courses are only offered once per year...talk to your adviser. I've talked to Meg so many times and she's always willing to contemplate a scheduling issue with me. :) I love our GSLIS!

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