Registering for Class: Do’s & Don’t’s

That stressful time of year is once again around the corner. Not only are you busy with the load of current work you have, but now you have to worry about what seems so far away; your course for fall semester. Registration can be stressful financially, academically, and even socially for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you freak yourself out with courses.

Do’s

  • Get started early. Go to your adviser’s office the week before registration and find out what day you can register (you will most likely get an e-mail). Start thinking about what classes you want to take and start getting suggestions for teachers from friends and opinions on different classes.
  • See your counselor! Even if you know exactly what you are taking next semester, it’s still better to visit your adviser and have them check to see if you missed a requirement or if you don’t have the pre-requisites to take a certain class. A second input is always valuable. Adviser’s usually have a sign-up sheet taped to their door with times you can meet for an appointment.
  • Take classes with productive people. If you have a friend who you know will motivate you and won’t distract you, take classes with them to make sure you stay on track. I also find it can stop you from being late if you know you have to walk to class with someone :). You will have someone to hold you accountable.
  • Check your account to make sure the balance is paid. This is where the financial stress comes in. You must have a balance of zero before you register for classes. If you are not sure if you do, visit the BenCentral Cashier to get a copy of your bill and see what you owe for the semester. Do this early so you’re not stressing when you can’t get into your classes!
  • Use a fast computer with a good internet connection. On the morning of registration, especially if you are trying to get into a popular class, you have to be on top of that enroll button and ready to click. I usually go to a school computer that I know won’t randomly crash or lose connection.

Don’t’s

  • Wait until the last minute to see if you have a hold on your account. Dealing with a hold can potentially be a long painful process so it’s good to check for holds at least a week before you register to make sure you know how to fix it.
  • Take a class with a friend because you feel like you have to. If a friend suggests you take a class with them who you know might distract you or just use you, it’s okay to say no. I purposely avoid taking classes with people who I know will stress me out or who I will be annoyed by. It sounds harsh, but you’ll be grateful in the long run and you can always find a way to decline in a nice way.
  • Just have one plan. You should have at least a few back-ups lined up just in case you don’t make it into a few classes. Keep checking the status of your classes before the registration date to see if their wait-listed. If they are, pick another class!
  • Take more than 2 difficult classes a semester. This is more my opinion, but I have found loading up on too many difficult classes can lead to insane amounts of stress. The tests and assignment due dates might all line up at the same time and you’ll be left with nothing but a mental breakdown.

Registration should be take seriously, but in the end you can always switch classes in the first week or  remove classes by the drop date. Even if you get stuck with a schedule you don’t like at first, as the year goes on you’ll get used to it and learn to be adaptable. Happy Registering!

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