By Dr. Eileen Wirth
OMG! It’s time to start registration advising – and this year’s watchword is PATIENCE with all caps. Help!!!!
With lots of faculty advising in the Magis core for the first time plus trying to fit students into Classic Core courses, things will likely get tense but they’ll all work out somehow.
The new Magis core benefits students with its reduced size and increased flexibility but in the short run it will be harder than telling you to take God and Persons or pick a Non-Western history course. Faculty are adapting to new terminology, new requirements and new ways of locating courses to fulfill those requirements. We need a little time and practice to get used to the changes but we will.
Your four-year plans may be a bit sketchy because faculty are still writing courses for the new core but you’ll see a lot more courses even by next fall. Transitions just take time – and PATIENCE.
Even if your planned major doesn’t overlap much with core you should be able to complete it and the core in four years if you focus on requirements. That’s always been the case and should be easier now with the smaller core. Discuss your fears with your advisor to get an approximate idea of how things will lay out.
Upper class students may have to substitute some courses for other Classic Core requirements but everyone I know is committed to helping you graduate on schedule. Don’t panic – work with your advisor to make things work just as you always have.
Even I who love registration advising am a little nervous about the coming few weeks. I’ll probably have to refill my candy dish a couple of times but we’ll all make it.
Good luck and just remember that this too will pass.