Let's Plan

STEP1     Set your goals and purposes for learning at ICU

Academic planning starts when you enter ICU. To be exact, it has already started before that because your choice of ICU as your university is part of your academic planning. In that regard, such questions as “Why did I choose ICU?” and “Why am I studying at university?” are the starting points of academic planning. You may already have your answer to these questions. However, you are encouraged to reconsider them. Your answers may change as you make progress in your academic life.

STEP2     Analyze yourself: think about your interests, career, and life goals

Through your learning experiences prior to university, you may have found what you want to pursue at university. As mentioned, it is worth while asking yourself again. Your university years are some of the most valuable years of your entire life. Think hard about what you really want to gain, and what will be important for the rest of your life.

STEP3     Gather information on majors

Collect information about the majors that you may want to pursue and consider them from the perspectives of your interests and life goals. Information gathering is important as some majors have courses that have to be taken in an earlier year (e.g., the first term of the first year). You should actively participate in information meetings on majors. In addition, it is a good idea to consult with your advisor or the Academic Planning Center. It is possible to ask for advice at any time.

STEP4     Make a long-term study plan

As described above, it is crucial to plan and prepare for finding and selecting a major. That means you need to make a long-term plan. As also mentioned, it is likely that your interests and thoughts will change as you learn new things in the course of your studies. This is what college education should be. If your way of thinking never changes from the time you entered ICU, what would be the meaning of studying at university? Therefore, even if you make a long-term plan, you should be open and flexible to change, particularly in revising your course of studies in response to such changes. At the same time, though, it is unwise to keep altering your plan based on changes in your passing interests. What is needed is self-reflection and evaluation. Also, you may want to talk to your advisor and visit the Academic Planning Center to check and organize your ideas