Jen: The Scheduling Conundrum

It’s that time of the year again! The leaves are turning different colors, coffee shops are beginning to offer hot apple cider, and it’s time to register for classes. Yes, that time when your inbox begins to fill up with tips on how to register for next semester’s classes and what you should and shouldn’t do in order to make sure you’re taking the right classes to help you graduate. It can be a stressful time. You may even experience the five stages of grief during your registration time. However, do not worry! If you didn’t have a pleasant registration experience, or if you’re starting to feel like you’re not going to have a great registration time, I have tips to help you get through this hard time.

  1. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

  2. Checking the Student Link AFTER registration: This is my strongest tip I give to anyone who is freaking out about how badly their registration went. Yes, that class that you wanted to take did fill up on Sunday, but people change their schedule all of the time. So, wait like a week after registration and see if any seats have opened up in that class. You just have to keep checking and checking the student link. Luckily, I’ve gotten many classes that I wanted to take, that I didn’t get during the registration period, by just randomly checking the student link.

  3. Getting Put on a Waiting List: If you’re really really really stressed out about not getting into a class, email your department and ask to be put on the class’s waiting list. This will ensure you that if a spot opens up, you will be informed and then you can register for it. Sometimes, if enough people ask to be put on a waiting list for a class, they will maybe open up another section for that class!

  4. Take a Chance on a Class: Okay, so nothing that you want to take is open. Like, nothing at all. But, you see that a class that you think is interesting has a few seats in it. Take a chance, and sign up for the class! Yes, it’s not what you wanted, however if you think you’re going to be interested in it and it seems like a cool class, sign up for it! Again, you can always change your schedule before the beginning of the next semester. So sign up for that chance class, and if something you would rather take opens up, drop the chance class and sign up for the one you wanted to take!

  5. Sit Back and Relax: Congratulations! Your registration is done! Go grab yourself a nice blueberry plum iced tea from Pavement Coffeehouse. Actually, grab a scone too, you deserved it. Now you can lay in bed, put on a show (might I recommend every episode of Kitchen Nightmares?)(they’re all on Youtube, by the way). It was a stressful time, and you manage to get through it. Sure, maybe it didn’t go as planned, but it’ll all work out in the end, my friend. It’ll all work out.

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