Surviving spring registration

Abdul Ward meets with his advisor, Lindsey Brach.


It’s that time of year again. The time when anxiety runs high, endurance is amplified tenfold and a wave of panic is consuming. The time when apparent life-changing decisions need to be made. The time when credits are counted, schedules are edited and re-edited, and previous experiences are shared.

Spring registration has arrived.

The process in itself seems antagonizing.  No matter how long you spend planning your schedule, there will be problems: the site will be down, that elective you wanted conflicts with a core credit you need, your advisor was of no help. The issues are endless.

As underclassmen wait to register on the later dates available, with each passing day, another class is filling with students. Freshmen are seen frantically signing into their Ben accounts, hoping against hope that somehow they were removed from the waiting list and placed into the class.

Scholarly advice is passed from one year to the next about which classes to take, which professors to avoid and which classes are the best for each major.

Setting up appointments with advisors is nearly impossible because no matter how many times you put your name on that sign-up sheet, someone else will always be there before you.

Of course, the bipolar operation of the school website keeps our stress levels aerial and our frustration soaring; there’s always the risk of the entire site shutting down because of “traffic- panic” mode.

Now before you stress out more than you already are, take a deep breath.

The Candor would like to offer you some advice-stay organized, stay calm and keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times.

When registering for classes, make sure everything you intend on taking is already placed in your shopping cart and ready to go when your registration time comes. Be sure to check up on any random holds you may have on your account, whether it be for “outstanding charges” or because you haven’t met with your advisor.

Didn’t get into all the classes you needed? Don’t panic! Chances are, two or three people will drop by the beginning of next semester. Talking to professors can also help. Pleading your case and showing your enthusiasm for taking their course can be the difference between sitting in the lecture and watching longingly from the hallway. Some way, somehow, the puzzle pieces fit together in the end.

Although we are all required to meet with an advisor before registration, don’t take their word for everything. Check, double check and even triple check their suggestions for classes. If you’re told you don’t need to take a class, ask five different people before believing that it’s not required for your major. We know of many people who make it to second semester of their senior year, only to find out that they have to take another humanities course.

Speaking of the scholar’s program… If you’re enrolled in the program, be especially cautious with course selections. When in doubt, ask other students in the program, or scholar’s professors.

When trying to fill up your gen. ed’s, make sure there is a C next to that course in the book. You don’t want to go through an entire semester only to find out that the course isn’t what you needed.

If you haven’t checked out the new course schedule online, get on it! Plan your classes and find the best professors. Coordinate with your friends so you can take classes together or share books.

Set that alarm for 7 a.m., press enroll and cross your fingers.