When Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries starts up, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) will be a freshman at Whitmore College, ready to take her first step toward collegiate glory. It may seem like Elena has bigger things to worry about than her class schedule (what with big baddie Silas impersonating ex-boyfriend Stefan), but we think this could be a great opportunity for Elena to prepare herself for life as a teenage vampire. Here are three classes she should consider taking.


Dealing With Your Doppelganger 101

These days, doppelgangers are popping up faster than you can ask, “Hey, why are you wearing my face?” And you, collegiate vampires, need to be prepared! Take this class and learn how to avoid getting locked in a vault and dumped at the bottom of a quarry. Find out how to keep still-human relatives out of your doppelganger’s considerable (and vindictive) reach. And learn the best hair and fashion techniques to help the world from confusing you and your doppelganger.

How to Win Frenemies and Influence Vervained People

The people of Mystic Falls (and beyond) have really started to wise up to the benefits of vervain (i.e. that vampire can’t compel vervained humans to do anything when it is in their system). But, don’t fear, collegiate vampires! There are other ways to get humans to do your bidding. Take this course and learn the best coercion, blackmail, and torture techniques for any situation whether you’re trying to get the cute co-ed down the hall to switch your laundry over for you or you need help convincing a professor to let you into her full class. This skillset can be applied to solve any problem supernatural or otherwise!

Beginning Aramaic

Tired of being the only supernatural being in your friend-group who can’t speak Aramaic fluently? Or maybe you have a passing understanding of the ancient language, but feel like you’re missing the deeper meaning of translations? Don’t get caught on the wrong side of a curse! Enroll in Beginning Aramaic and you’ll be cracking cryptexes in no time flat!

Which classes do you think Elena should enroll in? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.