There’s much to talk about when it comes to academics at Young Harris College. There are tons of majors and minors to choose from, and each class challenges you to think outside the box. There are endless avenues to explore like pre-class readings, and students get to have a close relationship with their professors. Don’t get me wrong, college can get quite overwhelming, but with good time management and hard work, anyone can keep that perfect 4.0 GPA all year long.

I’m taking five core classes, all worth three hours each except for my First Year Foundations class that counts for two. YHC courses are different than the classes you took in high school, and it’s important to take a course load that’s manageable and not too overwhelming. Professors challenge their students by with fast-paced lectures and assignments that make them think. They expect things to get done because, ultimately, we’re adults now. 

The professors here work to make us more self-sufficient and responsible, so we’ll succeed after graduation. YHC professors will help with anything you need as long as you go to them and ask. If you don’t understand something, they’ll clarify to the best of their ability. Each professor is different in personality and teaching style, but they’re all there to teach their students everything they know. One of my favorite things about Young Harris is how small the classes are, which leads to more one-on-one attention and less distractions in class. 

Attendance is another key to surviving college courses. If you don’t attend frequently, you won’t understand the information that was talked about in class. You’ll feel behind and somewhat lost when you realize the class has simply gone on without you. I recommend a good night’s rest and an alarm in the morning. I’ve found my alarm quite persistent on days I have those early 9 a.m. classes. Young Harris professors actually do keep track of your attendance because they want to see you succeed.

This past weekend, I went on an English department trip to Sylva, N.C. and Asheville, N.C. We visited multiple bookstores and ate at some amazing restaurants. One of my professors, Rosemary Royston, attended the event as well, and I got to know her and her family a little more. I had such a great time with her and the other professors. It just reminded me why I love Young Harris so much.