Questions to ask yourself now that Phase 1 is on the horizon

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“Spring 2020” has now found its way onto our CalCentrals and this just means we’re one step closer to the much-anticipated Phase 1 frenzy. If you’re graduating next semester, filling out your schedule planner may be a little bittersweet. If you’re a freshman or junior transfer, the struggle is real. Here are some common things we ask ourselves during the classic class scramble that will determine the rest of our lives:

What is my plan C?

Many times we are recommended to have a plan B, in case a certain schedule doesn’t work out. Sometimes plan B is just as messed up as plan A. Equipped with a plan C, however, we’ll feel a sense of security knowing that we are a little closer to an ideal schedule. 

How long would it take me to get to each class?

This is a legitimate question that may not seem like a big deal at the beginning of the semester, but once the post-midterm fatigue kicks in, you will wish you’d thought about it more. If you have a class in Barrows Hall, you might want to reconsider having discussion in Pimentel Hall. 

Which classes do I have to take vs. which classes do I want to take?

This query can quickly lead to larger questions such as whether or not you are in the right major or if you should pick up a minor. It’s ideal that the classes you have to take are also ones that you want to take. If this isn’t the case, then with the help of advisers and friends, there may be a way to find a happy medium. 

Will the yellow triangle of waitlist doom haunt me forever?

At least it’s not the blue square yet! This is where strategy comes into play for certain classes. If you are worried about not getting a seat in a class, prioritize it for Phase 1! 

Should I take this class this semester or next?

This is a good question to ask for classes in which the professor makes or breaks the class. If a class is offered in both the fall and the spring semesters, it’s a good idea to at least consider the workload difference if you took the class either semester. As a warning, beware of convincing yourself that a class that is indeed not taught in the spring (or at all anymore) will be available next semester.

What prerequisites does this class require?

Many times, classes will have prereqs that line up with classes that students have likely already taken if they are in a specified major. For everyone else, though, prereqs may often be viewed more as “suggestions.” Although it wouldn’t be fair to solely decide on whether or not you should take a class because of prereqs, it is definitely a good idea to scan them and be aware of what the professors will expect you to be comfortable with. 

If I click the “enroll” button multiple times in rapid succession, will I get enrolled sooner?


Phase 1 marks the approximate halfway point of the semester, so don’t be worried if the very idea of next semester has slipped your mind. Good luck with midterms!

Contact Malvika Singhal at [email protected] .