We’re in the final homestretch now! Mid-terms are over and Thanksgiving break is coming up. Before we know it, we’ll be into spring semester… but before we can get there, we’ve got to register first. Check out these massively helpful registration tips, courtesy of Carly Brown, senior member of the Student Advising Leadership Council.
Deac: What’s the single most helpful piece of advice you’d like to share?
CB: First and foremost, it’s important for students, especially freshmen, to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect schedule. The troubles you find with your schedule often give you the best opportunity to take advantage of a liberal arts education; it pushes you to try things you wouldn’t normally consider.
Deac: But what would you say to students who do flip out when they encounter schedule issues and are dead set on fixing them?
CB: Even if your schedule is set, your student advisor can be a very valuable resource. They are available to address any problems with classes, such as significant issues with pre-med or pre-business tracks, time conflicts, the need to move your schedule around.
Deac: Wow, student advisors have all that power?
CB: It’s what we’re here for. We have gone through the process many times and know the necessary methods to make any changes with schedules.
Deac: True, you guys are trained for this. What would you say to freshmen who are going through spring registration for the first time?
CB: Again, your student advisor can be an extremely valuable resource. The second round of registration marks the first time you’ll be going through the process from start to finish by yourself. It’s important that going into it you understand what it means to have first and second round choices and what classes and requirements to prioritize.
Deac: So what would you suggest to freshmen when it comes to making those choices?
CB: Specifically, the classes to pick first should be the most important ones because they fill up so quickly. Everyone is trying to get those requirements, so you want to make sure you’re prepared. Pick foreign languages, FYS, and writing seminar first because these are mandatory.
Deac: What other ways can student advisors help freshmen during this time?
CB: Use your student advisor as a resource when it comes to interacting with faculty. Say there’s a class you want to take but there is a scheduling issue—your student advisor can help you with the wording and the general form when emailing teachers. Also, because of the structure of student advisors, we have an extensive network that can always get you the answers you need. For example, if you need to find out about a specific teacher or course, even if your student advisor doesn’t have the answer, he or she can easily locate another advisor who does.
Deac: You guys really have all the answers. I feel like more than just freshmen could benefit from this.
CB: Definitely. I think it’s really important for all classes to remember the general registration tips. As we do it more and more, we kind of forget the small but important details like mapping out back-up schedules (because things never go perfectly), keeping track with divisionals, and not putting off language requirements. There’s nothing worse than forgetting a requirement and having it alter all of your plans!
Deac: Like with study abroad?
CB: Yes! Make sure you build studying abroad into your scheduling plans—know what classes you want or need to take before you go, how going abroad will affect your work load, things like that.
Deac: I feel like we all just need to be well-versed in the requirements of basic things like abroad timing, pre-med/pre-business requirements, and hours for majors and minors.
CB: Exactly. You don’t want to get stuck and not have enough hours or all the requirements for something.
Deac: Great! Well is there anything else you’d like to add?
CB: I just want to stress the waitlist policy. The thing people need to know is that waitlists don’t really exist anymore. If you’re placed on a waitlist when you register on WIN and space opens up, you will automatically be registered for that class. Waitlists are erased once the first day of classes start. That means that if you want to add a class, you need to get a POI from the teacher directly. Basically, the thing to remember is that there is no longer a guarantee or priority given to students on waitlists anymore. People receive POIs based on who is in class on the first day and if there are spaces available.
So, there you have it—everything you need to know about registration. Good luck!