Here at PC, we are constantly being reminded of how close this semester is to being over. My wonderful roommates, who are all seniors, are talking about their exciting plans for next year. My professors are talking about final exams. And we just picked classes and housing for next year.
Registration tends to be stressful, mostly because you’re never quite sure how it’s going to go. You might get all of the classes you wanted or some of the classes you had planned for might get filled up quickly. However, there are a few tricks to making sure your class registration goes as smoothly as possible:
- Prepare for your advising meeting. A couple weeks before registration, we meet with our advisers. At this meeting, you receive your degree audit, so you know which credits you still need to earn, and you can also discuss which classes would be best for your schedule. Several academic departments will also let you preregister for a couple courses within your major so you are guaranteed a spot. If you go to your advising meeting having already looked over the list of course offerings and ready to ask questions, it will save you a lot of time and help you craft a schedule that is best suited to you.
- Have backups. Some classes are really popular and are difficult to get into. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, it’s good to have a few extra courses you can register for just in case you don’t get into your first choice, and it’s a good idea to write down the code numbers for these courses ahead of time so you don’t have to search the list frantically the moment of registration when things don’t go as planned.
- Make sure you’re awake the morning of registration. Both physically and mentally. I usually set my alarm to wake up a half hour before registration so I have time to make sure my computer is up and running and my grogginess has worn off.
I was fortunate enough to get into all of the classes I wanted for the fall, so I was highly pleased with the way registration turned out for me. Next semester, I will be taking three classes within my major: a special topics course on Safety Net Providers, a course on nonprofit organizations in healthcare, and senior seminar in which we’ll look closely at the Affordable Care Act. I’ll also be taking Biomedical Ethics and an honors colloquium called Health Care Reform.
My roommates and I also selected our on-campus apartment for next year, and we will be living in Ditraglia Hall, which has six-person apartments and is located right across from St. Dominic’s Chapel/the Campus Ministry Center. I could not have asked for a better location.
While I don’t even want to think about this year already coming to an end, I’m also excited for next year. Lookin’ ahead, there’s a lot to be excited about.