Academic Planning Plus (AP+)
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It is important when creating your plan to make sure it is balanced between your classes and academic goals, and all other aspects of your life (personal goals, work, family, friends, community, etc.). It’s often very challenging to coordinate these aspects. Here are a few ways to help you balance your plan and integrate goal setting and reflection:
- Reflect and identify your personal, academic, and future career goals. What do you want to achieve in four years? Ten years? By retirement? Factors these into your plan.
- Adjust for life events. Are you getting married? Do you need to take a break for a family emergency or a pregnancy? Discuss with an advisor if a Leave of Absence would be right for you.
- Evaluate how you spend your days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
- Create a semester-at-a-glance.
- Looking for a low-maintenance daily planner? Try the Bullet Journal method. It also works for taking notes!
+ Make a class schedule or a 24-hour scheduler.
- Take 15 credits each semester to finish your degree within four years!
- Choose General Education courses and electives that match your interests and goals, and will help you with your future pursuits.
- Incoming Freshman? Start taking college courses in the summer through the Early Start Program.
- Continuing or transfer student? Consider taking courses in one or two of the Summer Sessions to advance in your coursework while paying in-state tuition.
- Enrich your academics by joining the Honors Program! Their Selected Studies option is perfect for freshman and sophomore students who want smaller and discussion focused courses. Their Upper Division option is ideal for juniors and seniors who are thinking about applying to graduate school and/or want to write a thesis or produce research. Departments with an honors track in AH/LLL include:
- Considering a career in health, medicine, or law? Visit the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) to integrate pre-requisites and testing into your plan.
- First semester student? Attend the New Student Orientation (NSO)! This opportunity is open to all incoming students and their families (fees may apply).
- Explore opportunities to get involved on campus.
- Discuss with your major advisor if there are any opportunities in your department or the field, such as: internships, research, fellowships, or mentoring.
- Give back to your university by becoming a campus leader! Below are a few suggested programs:
- Engage with your community through Service Learning. (Note: some classes have a Service Learning component built in.)
+ Incoming Freshmen: Express Advisors will lead group academic advising sessions that will help students learn more about the value of a liberal arts degree, how the college is organized, and how start on a successful academic journey.
+ Incoming Transfer Students: NSO leaders will bring students to our office to meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor to review the transfer credit evaluation and learn what requirements are remaining. [/li_item]
+ The Involvement Fair is usually occurs on the second week of school. Check your email for the announcement or visit the Office of Student Life & Development. While you’re on their website, subscribe to the “Manoa Happenings Calendar” to learn about events happening on-campus!
+ Representative of a Chartered Student Organization