Race to the Registrar

Timeliness may not be the key here, considering I have passed the point of scheduling classes until next year, but I thought giving the low-down on scheduling woes might provide some useful advice.

Think back to high school. If your experience was anything like mine, your choices were pretty narrow when it came to choosing classes. Say you were choosing an English class, my options looked a bit like this:

1. Eleventh Grade English

2. Advanced Eleventh Grade English

Not too hard of a decision really, right?

In college, you’re given a few more options, with classes ranging from  Critical Approaches to Fiction to Shakespeare Literature. Although you have the help of an advisor, it is your responsibility to choose and register for classes when the time comes. Registering for classes begins to look like watching birds fight over bread, or having to scramble in Kindergarten for a good popsicle in fear that all that will be left is orange.

Sounds a bit extreme, but the scheduling process is a fight to the best classes, just like a fight for the best bite of food.

At Ohio University, prior to scheduling classes, you will be assigned a specific date and time. This time is based from the number of credits you have so that seniority is granted to people who have, as we say “paid their dues” in school.

As a freshman, you’re at the bottom of the proverbial totem pole, and it’s kind of like starting a race and having to give everyone else a 10 second head-start.

Those little red "fulls" on the far right side can be your worst enemy. Just remember you have all four years!

The point I’m trying to make is that scheduling as an underclassmen can be overwhelming. It is an extremely competitive process, with the most desirable classes filling up sometimes far before your scheduling date.

You may be thinking “Wow, that’s really nerdy of her. Who worries that much?” But the time will come when you, like me, will be sitting in front of the computer pounding the refresh button and watching the History of Rock and Roll Class you wanted so desperately fill up.

As you await your time to schedule, it can feel like you’re being restrained in front of a plate of cookies while thousands of hungry people race freely towards them.

As a journalism student, professors, advisors and upperclassman love to give you advice about which classes to take when.

“Take this class in Spring because you have to be outside a lot, or take this in Winter, because it requires a lot of extra busy work.” As a freshman, your mind is a bit of a sponge, and you will quickly feel like there is a black and white way of doing everything.

via The University of California

Winter quarter, a quickly became angry as I watched a particular Journalism course I needed fill up before I had my chance. I wish I had someone there reminding me that it is was OK, that this happens to everyone and that it was not a big deal.

Even entering college with post-secondary credits, I still felt behind in the Journalism world. It is important to remember that although you might not think so, most of your peers are in the same boat, fighting the battle we like to call class registration.


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