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If only I felt as calm as I look in this picture.

If only I felt as calm as I look in this picture.

So I have gone through 2 weeks of classes and am still struggling to figure out what the rest of this semester is going to look like. I initially thought, "Oh, I'm going into my second year so I know exactly what I'm doing. I'm wise now." NO. 

Last year, I was on it but I'm readjusting my course this semester. Now I'm on a mission to strengthen my business background with the most challenging classes I can take at the Yale School of Management. I slept on one class and it filled up (Corporate Finance, which sounds terrifying but badass). I also wasted too much time going to a Sustainable Finance class that I'm sure is cool but not as applicable to me as I thought. Finally, I was left with a Marketing Strategy course that starts mid-October. I also have no idea if I can get into it because obviously, MBA students get priority. Might not take any classes at all this semester! Head is exploding.

But, I will then focus on research, as I have stumbled through it pretty hard in the last year. If nothing pans out for fall classwise, there's always the spring. 

After all of this, I learned a few valuable lessons:

1. Register for every course you think is interesting right away, before you even "shop" it in the first 2 weeks. It's better to just drop the course come decision time rather than being out of options.

2. It's also a good idea to let the professor know in advance of your interest so they could consider you over others.

3. If you don't know whether or not a course is applicable to your career, have an honest conversation with the professor and former students. Chances are, if it isn't applicable, people will tell you that right away so you don't waste your time. 

Hope your semesters are off to a great start!