Today’s song: “I Fought the Law” by John Lennon
A little over midway in the semester, a war starts to occur. Deadlier than Zombies vs. Humans or finals, if you win, you really win. And if you lose…well may you have a good death. Veterans fight it. Sorority girls fight it. It puts friend against friend, honor student against senior, freshman against junior. Time is crucial, each moment that passes counts. There are no peace makers in this war, just thousands and thousands of soldiers, fighting type and click.
I’m talking of course about registration
Oh dear beard, no (yes that was a reference to the bearded man sitting two floors below me). For some the war has been going on for weeks and others haven’t joined it yet. As for me, it started Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. When I was getting coffee before class. I didn’t actually register until about two that day.
So why am I comparing registration to a battle?
First come, first-served. Most of the time. Departments however like to hold their classes until after the majors register. Then it’s a mad dash free-for-all that ends pretty bloody most of the time. However. Yes there is always that ‘but,’ ‘yet’ and ‘however’ in life. However, some departments (Ahem English Department ahem; I have one bad cough there), only have like one section for a class that everyone has to take so if you’re not the first to register well then, sucks to be you. Or in my case, me. I’m not an honor student, nor do I care to be. Except when registration rolls around.
Yay! I survived! You can too!
Tips for registration (watch my video):
1. Look at your classes for the next semester beforehand. Rookie mistake not to. It ends badly.
2. Try for sections that work with your schedule (I succeeded for the first three semesters…better than most).
Let’s not judge the well-prepared dork here, just be glad I didn’t bring snacks into this
3. Do you like classes grouped together or spread out interspersed with naps? My first two semesters were so organized, so simple. Now my schedule looks like a messed up turkey.
4. Waitlist what you really, really want, but schedule the classes that would work just as well. If you get through the waitlist, drop that other one and then wham! Your perfect schedule.
5. DO NOT load up on classes you only need for your major. I love English as much as the next English major (maybe more), but if I took only English classes, I would go even crazier.
6. Use your electives. Don’t leave those for your senior year.
7. Look at your four-year plan.
8. Listen to your advisor. Then get second, third, and forth opinions, and then see if they’re right.
9. Register as soon as you can (when in doubt skip that class you never go to anyway and register. What? Did I say that? Nope, you heard nothing from me).
10. Do it all at once. No dillydallying. You’ll regret it.
11. Don’t sign up for classes just to be with friends.
12. I have no clue about other departments but the English isn’t all that keen on opening sections. If need be, go there and panic enough and see if they’ll give you an override.
Until Monday (last week before Thanksgiving and it’s going to be hectic and awesome!), my, I’m sure, adorable readers. And good luck if you are fighting the battle with me!