Scheduling Tips for Sophomores

Written by Valentin Ornelas Jr. Staff Writer
April 6th, 2017

It’s that time of the year again. Scheduling season is upon us and this will be the first time the ℅ 2019 will be scheduling on their own.

I myself have scheduled only twice BUT I feel like I have mastered the art of scheduling. Like the saying goes “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” and let me tell you that’s 100% true when it comes to scheduling.

Let me tell you some of the scheduling mistakes I’ve made.

Mistake #1:
I thought I could make it from gym, keep in mind we usually run for most of the class, and had to speed walk all the way to Memorial Field House in ten minutes.
Mistake #2:
Scheduling my class during what used to be my lunch time and now I’m dying because I keep eating late.
Mistake #3:
Scheduling an 8 A.M. class (gym) when I didn’t need to. I just realized this last week when I got off the shuttle and I was destroyed.

Now that I told you what I did wrong let me tell you what I have learned.

#1 Shuttle Times
Pay close attention to when your classes end and what time the shuttles come and go. The shuttle that goes to UT from TEC leaves at :15 and :45 while the shuttle comes back to TEC at o’clock and :30. There are also other shuttles that you can use to go to your classes if it’s raining or cold so keep that in mind. This brings me to my next point.

#2 Walking Time
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing Cross Country for 7 years, you will not walk from the Transportation Center to Centennial mall in less than 9 minutes with a book bag. It usually takes me about ten minutes to walk from one side to another — and I like to run a lot. 15 minutes from one class at centennial mall to another side is safe but from Snyder Memorial to Rocket Hall is kinda cutting it close. Be careful, you know your speed.

# 3 Trust
For the life of you don’t schedule with anyone who has a 3.9 or below because they will not be good professors. You’ll think “oh, they’re just exaggerating! How bad can it be?!” It will be really bad. I took two of my classes with 3.5 professors and I’m currently having the worst time of my life from 9;30-12:15 Tuesday and Thursdays. Pay attention to the tags life “hard grader” and tons of homework” because they too will be true.

#4 Free Time
At TEC you had lunch and maybe AA for free time, but if you schedule wrong you can end up with no free time. Don’t do this yourself. You need time to relax and work during the day. An hour or two (four if you’re savvy) should be good.

#5 The Buddy System
There’s a reason why teachers always put us together in groups for field trips. It keeps people safe and secure. This applies for college classes. Schedule with a friend because you might not be there one day or forget something so your buddy can help you out. Make sure they’re responsible or maybe you’ll both forget there was homework due at 11:59.

#6 Requirements
Take all your required classes first like English, Government, Science, Math, or a Financial Literacy. Don’t go overboard just because you’re on main campus. You need to do boring classes so you can do your major focussed or “fun” classes senior year. Taking Logic or Criminal Justice might sound cool and interesting but then you’ll realize you don’t even want to follow that career or that it’s a hard class. Chill. Your fun time will come.

#7 Know Your Limits
If you know that you’re getting C’s and B-’s right now then don’t take four colleges classes and a CCP classes first semester junior year. Take two, maybe three. Like I keep saying. Chill. You’ll want to feel all cool because you’re on main campus, but you’ll get hit with tons of homework if you aren’t ready or willing to put in the work.

#8 Don’t Go Back and Forth
There should be two times where you have classes. Before advisory and after school. This rule only applies for your days you have advisory but it’s still important. You really don’t want to be rushing to get back to Scott Park for Algebra II after talking to your professor for three minutes after class.

#9 Don’t take really early or late classes
Never take an 8 AM class or anything after 6 PM. You will be tired and brain dead. Only do it if you absolutely need to.
#10 Ask for help!
Now, not many of the adults will be helpful, but ask any of the juniors or seniors and they will help you. I will be willing to help anyone, just go up to me or email me.

SIDE NOTE: Have a college and a high school book bag so you don’t have to carry everything at once.

Good luck on your transition from full time TEC student to almost a full time college student!

Contact Valentin Ornelas Jr. at


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