The BLUEprint: Focus on it now, not later

Leilani Pecher –

It’s your freshman year of college. You are surrounded by new faces, buildings and a general shift of priorities, all while in this new college environment. This is the big world now. You don’t have someone telling you what to do anymore. You are on your own, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life.

During your freshman seminar, you hardly notice the importance of the BLUEprint and how it should be worked on right away. Unless you had a professor that knew the BLUEprint like the back of their hand, it was likely that both you and your professor tried to figure it out together. This is where it’s time to take the initiative for your education.

Advisors, in addition to being professors, have multiple students that they try to keep track of. They do have courses to teach and other responsibilities to uphold. While the BLUEprint is definitely confusing to try and figure out on one’s own, here are some tips.

1)      Take classes that will knock out those connected courses requirement.

-It is easy to overlook courses that relate to one another and have the year pass by and not make the connection. You can always do an appeal, however, what is more beneficial is if you connect the courses right away. As the saying goes, “Be proactive, not reactive.”

2)      Try to figure out your major by mid-to-end of sophomore year.

-It is difficult when trying to figure out what to major in. Sometimes people want to double, or even triple major. However, don’t fret when you graduate and don’t want to continue your field for the rest of your life. Graduate school is where it becomes more specific and specialized with your field of study. Getting an undergraduate degree is really the time to find out what you want to do and you learn how you can pursue it.

3)      Print out those fill-in-the-blank BLUEprint forms and complete them every semester.

-Before it’s too late, try to figure out how far along you are with the BLUEprint. There is even a new, clear and concise sheet to help students figure out the BLUEprint. It is in the shape of a building and are available at Tanner for usage.

4)      Pay close attention to the courses you sign up for.

-While it is wonderful to explore courses and have the freedom to do so at a liberal arts college, just make sure they fulfill requirements. Pay attention to the course description and which categories they fulfill. If you do have a major, just remember to keep track of both your major courses and the BLUEprint. If you complete these required courses now, just imagine how much better off you will be during senior year!

5)      Connect2 will be your best friend when it comes to the BLUEprint.

-Almost everything is there to do some research on your own. It can be a little confusing, but don’t be afraid to ask other students or your advisor. However, being an advocate for your own education will ensure that you have less stress and can graduate on time. There are people here on campus to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask!

This is just a short summary of some tips for the BLUEprint. If you do need more advice and need to figure out the BLUEprint, contact your fellow peers or advisors. You can contact myself as well if you need help figuring out the BLUEprint.

Leilani-Jade Pecher, from Lakewood, Wash. is a junior double-majoring in Communications and Management and Organizational Leadership. Leilani is the Director of PR & Advertising and writer for The Rambler. She is the Vice-President for the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness, PR for Enactus, and a member of several clubs.

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