Class Registration 101

By Sophie Li (CAS’23)

So, the planner has just opened and it’s already time to start thinking of the classes you want to take next semester. Registering for classes my freshman fall, I had no idea how to even use the Student Link. I’ve made a list of a couple of tips that I would have loved knowing when I first registered. A lot of these tips go hand in hand and overlap but I think they’re all helpful!

Tip #1

The planner is your best friend! One of my favorite things to do is add any classes I’m interested in, graph all of them, and get rid of the ones that overlap until I have a schedule that works for me and that I’m excited about.

Tip #2

Not every class is always offered each semester, so make sure you check the planner or (scroll down to the college you’re looking at classes in, and click on courses)! This website will give information on every course: the course description, the sections, the HUB credits you get, any pre-reqs, and which semesters it’s being taught for the current school year. After discovering this website planning became so much easier and way less stressful!

Tip #3

Make sure you have backup classes! Certain spots get filled really fast, especially if the class is popular or doesn’t have that many seats to begin with. One of the worst things is waiting for your registration time, watching the number of seats get lower and lower until it hits 0. Scrambling on the day of registration to find a class is never what anyone wants to do, so if you can, try and have some backup classes that fit into your schedule. If you know one of your classes might get filled before you can register, I definitely suggest having options just in case.

Tip #4

Rate My Professor is a helpful resource but take everything with a grain of salt. I know that it can be stressful registering for a class without knowing anything about it, or if you’ve heard it’s a hard class or professor. Looking at Rate My Professor can be a good way to relieve stress but sometimes it can also make it worse. Just remember that normally the reviews you’re reading on RMP are the most extreme. Students will really only go on to submit a review if they had an extremely good or extremely bad experience and can often be exaggerated or not the same experience you might have. I always remind myself, kids who have an average experience won’t be running to post a review!

Tip #5

Set an alarm and register the minute you can! This tip goes along with tip #3 but since classes can often fill up fast, be sure to set an alarm 5 or 10 minutes before your registration time to get yourself to the Student Link. Even if you’re on the registration page, you’ll have to reload once it becomes your time to register so prepare for that as well. When I was a senior in high school registering for my fall semester classes, I had no idea what I wanted to take and pushed it off for weeks. By the time I finally went to plan and register, so many classes that sounded interesting to me were filled or not being taught. I ended up taking the most random intro courses which taught me what I was not interested in, and although I did get a bunch of HUB credits from them, it would have been nicer to take classes I wanted to instead.

I know planning and registering can get very stressful, and it’s hard to find classes you want to take that don’t overlap or give you an awful schedule, but follow these tips and start planning early and by the time registration rolls around you’ll have a good schedule with backup option if needed. Hopefully this makes registration a less stressful process for you!

5 Questions to Ask Your Roommate Before Move-In

By Sophie Li (CAS'23)

1. What time do you wake up?

Although this will change each semester depending on when everyone has their first class, this is super helpful to know. Are they the kind of person who takes an hour to get ready in the morning, or do they roll out of bed and go straight to class? Since you will be sharing a suite in Kilachand, it’s important to discuss before any issues arise. There’s not that much space to get ready in the morning, and if one of you is a light sleeper, you’ll want to know so you can prepare your eye masks or ear plugs!

2. What time do you go to bed?

This falls in the same category as the first question but is just as important to discuss! If one of you plans on sleeping early but the other plans to stay up late, when do you guys turn the light off? Is the early sleeper fine with the roommate using their desk light, or should they plan to go up to the study floor?

3. Are you neat or messy?

This seems like one of the first questions that might pop into your mind, and there’s a reason for that! While you can definitely live well with one messy and one neat roommate, it’s nice to know what to expect, especially if this is a deal-breaker for you!

4. What is your least favorite chore?

A lot of the chores/cleaning tasks you’ll have to do are for yourself and not the whole suite, this is a good thing to ask. You might end up in a situation where you hate vacuuming, but your roommate loves it, and you can trade off on housekeeping tasks. Or, if you both hate doing laundry, you can remind each other and get those tasks out of the way together.

5. How do you feel about guests?

Although this question has become less relevant with COVID-19, it looks like the guest policy might be back by Fall 2021. Pre-COVID this was an important question to ask, especially if you had a really busy week coming up and didn’t want your roommate to have any guests over. But if the guest policies come back, this question will be more important than ever, because the number one priority is still staying safe!

There are so many more questions you can ask your potential roommate, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a good way to get the conversation started about living together so that you can both determine if you would be compatible. And as a quick tip: you can live perfectly with someone you aren’t best friends with, and sometimes you can’t live with your friends at all, and that’s totally fine!