Now, for all you prospective/future-students out there reading this, my only message for you is to take as many AP/IB Tests as possible, and to get as much college credit as you can before coming in. Even if none of it counts for more than ‘extraneous credit,’ it does add to how many credits you have, meaning that you get to register earlier when it comes time to do so.
(I mean, except for the very first time you register)
Freshmen reading this, get ready. As I’m sure you’ve already realized(your registration times starting shortly) registration is stressful. There’s all of these things going on, all of these classes you need to take, all of these different prerequisites that pop up, and so on and so forth.
I have come up with a list for you to follow to make it a bit easier.
- DO NOT LOOK AT THE CLASSES ON THE NEST UNTIL 2 DAYS BEFORE YOU REGISTER! You will freak yourself out and will be stressed for the next week. Getting your dream schedule is next to impossible and if you sobbingly watch the ‘availible seat’ number drop to 0 you’ll have no one to blame but yourself for even considering it.
- Be aware of any blocks you may have on your account. Wednesday is when I registered. I had prepared my schedule, memorized my code, and was already to go as the clock struck 10:30am. Then it told me I couldn’t do that. It turns out there was a block on my account that I had no idea about. Eventually we got it taken care of, but I ended up registering an hour late. Luckily, my classes aren’t in super-high demand so only one of them was full. Which brings me to my next point:
- Prepare at least two ‘alternative classes’ that you can take incase one of yours fills up. Otherwise, if one of them is suddenly full as you start the process, you’ll be flailing with an empty spot as you try to find out what you can take instead and whatever you eventually decide on can fill up also.
- Schedulizer.com is a very handy resource to use (for those two days before you register) it takes the classes you want to/need to take and arranges all of the possible ways they can work together in the different sections. You can uclick the already-full ones, any teachers who you have a blood-feud with, and wa-lah! You have a few options that make your dream classlist a possibility. This helps so that you don’t have two classes you need to take that occur at the same time without your being aware of it.
- Ratemyprofessors.com is not a good resource for you right now. Why? Because, you’re freshmen and you register last. You don’t really have the option of getting whatever teacher you want. You get what’s left in the high-demand classes. Do keep it in mind, however, because it will come in handy.
- Though it is worth noting that if one of your teachers’ ratings is “I WOULD RATHER STAY HERE AN EXTRA YEAR THAN HAVE TAKEN THIS COURSE!!” it may be a good idea to consider that. Just saying.
And there you have it.
Now stop panicking; what will happen will happen. Override forms are in Creighton Hall on the second floor; they probably won’t give you one for ENG 120, 121, or 150; and Night Classes really aren’t that bad.
Good luck, and thanks for reading