It’s that time of year again. The time where we as students must begin preparing for our road to graduation. The most important step for all students, no matter what year, is to meet with our faculty advisor to ensure that we are staying on track, but there are a few other things to do beforehand. One of the most under-utilized resources in my opinion is the Degree Audit. The university just made major changes to this application and it is extremely useful for determining what courses to take. The Degree Audit takes into account your major as well as what requirements you have already completed and which classes you still need to take to graduate.
From there, I would work with the newly renovated Trial Schedule Builder. Even before meeting with an advisor, this tool is helpful in confirming which courses are offered in the upcoming semester as well as giving a preview for what your weekly schedule will look like. From there, the advisor meeting should finalize any last questions you have about courses and scheduling.
Lastly, comes registering itself. Keep in mind that our system is set up to allow students with more credit hours to register first so just be sure to check which day you are eligible to register.
Justin Roberts, a junior year with a double major in Philosophy and Organizational Communication, is from Frisco, Texas. He is the Family Orientation Coordinator for SOAR 2015, the first to hold this student position in the office. Throughout his time at Missouri State, he has been a SOAR Leader, involved in the Missouri State Disc Golf Club, Student Government Association, and a social fraternity where he served as the chapter president.