The Hunger Games: Class Registration Edition
We all know it’s here, and there is no hiding from it. The time has come to pick your classes for next semester. If any of you think that this process is easy, and your schedule will be perfect with your Mondays and Fridays off, think again. Registering is a “dog eat dog” competition here at SHU, and honestly the ones who make the unnecessary mistakes are left behind.
But you’re in luck, because we’re here to give you some tips and tricks to get that schedule you are desperately hoping for.
1. Check your restrictions. No matter how perfect your schedule is, and if all those classes are open at the time, there is no way it will work if you have a hold on your account. It can be a parking ticket, a missed tuition payment, or even just not meeting with your advisor. This is the most simple, but most overlooked thing while registering. You can find your block on WebAdvisor by clicking on person restrictions.
2. Figure out the classes you need to take. You can find your specific major’s check sheet by the registrar’s office near the SC wing. Make a list of the classes you need before even trying to fit them in a schedule.
3. So when you finally decide to pick the times for each class, make sure you pick the classes that are in your major first. These classes are limited, and sometimes there are only one or two for that semester.
4. After picking those major classes, then pick your common cores and religion/philosophy. There are so many other options and time slots, that there should be no problem picking one that fits. Don’t save these mandatory classes for your junior and senior year; get them over with now.
5. If you want to find the best professor for a certain class, go to ratemyprofessor.com they have students comments, descriptions, and grades for specific classes so it is perfect to find out what a professor is like before even meeting them. They also have a hotness option, so maybe a certain professor can make that 8am more bearable ;)
6. So after you have that perfect schedule, make another one with other options for those same classes, then make another one, and possibly another one. Also add other classes in places of classes that might be filling up and can be taken at another time. For example, if Religion is filling up, consider putting it off for next semester and adding a CC-103 class that is basically open. Also, if you have made so many schedules that you don’t know what to do with, sometimes you just have to give in, and take the 8am just so it fits.
7. Make sure, if your registration time is during a class ask the professor if he/she is ok with you registering during class. Make sure to do this ahead of time so there is no problems on the day of scheduling. If they give you a hard time, just simply go to the bathroom….with your backpack……and laptop.
8. So when your registration date finally arrives, make sure your classes are all still open and have a few open slots left. Then pick and choose the classes that fit in your schedule, and simply click “register”.
So, we hope this clears up any questions, anxiety, or down right hyperventilating about scheduling.
May the odds be ever in your favor.