We’ve all been there. You arrive for your first day of classes, bright eyed and bushy tailed, a fresh cup of coffee in hand. Spreading your neon stationary over the table, you sit up straight in your specifically chosen seat and wait for your fully rested brain to engage with all the new knowledge you’re about to absorb. Ten minutes after the lecturer starts speaking the class has fallen asleep, and your eyes have glazed over. You wonder if the only thing you’ve ever learned in biology is that the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell. Flipping through the syllabus sheets that have been passed out, you feel a ripple of panic. Twelve weeks of this? You didn’t even last twelve minutes.
However, there is an option for those of you who have stumbled into modules so boring they should be considered torture. Switching modules is allowed between the 2nd of February and the 10th. After this period of time has elapsed, switching modules incurs a late fee of 50 euro. Yet there is a reluctance on the part of many students to switch the modules they have chosen. Whether it is from a fear of registration mix ups and a lengthy wait outside the student office, anxiety of picking a module worse than the one that you’re trying to flee, or just the sheer momentum of already having a timetable made out, few students ever decide to switch modules.
Yet the chances of students doing well in subjects they aren’t interested in is drastically reduced. Nobody ever does the amount of reading they’re ‘required’ to do in any module, so what are the chances of you doing it when you snooze at the sight of the subject? Finding a lecture that you can stand to go to is the number one way of doing well in college, and talking to students who do the same subjects as you is the most proven method of finding these lectures. So steal a timetable and shop around, while you still have the time to do so.
To switch modules, log on to the same page you used while paying your fees. An option in the dropdown menu will let you change subjects, and give you a list of the other options that are available. Because if it’s the first week, and you can’t tell the Iroquois from the Siouxies and have no interest in doing so, you’re probably doing the wrong module. So save yourself the inevitable all-nighter, inhalation of red bull and panic that lies at the end of this semester, and change your modules. While you still can.