This is College: Thoughts of a Peer Academic Advisor vol 4.3

Peer Academic Advisor: Menahil Mirza
Major: Biology
Class: Sophmore

Registration Time: Something Like The Hunger Games

Ah, registration time! What a joyous time filled with choosing new classes (assuming we’ve passed the previous ones). This is a time where we can start fresh and with a clean slate, especially with grades! It begins with when you can register which is based on your class year. Of course, the seniors get to go first, then the juniors, sophomores, and finally the freshman. For the most part, it’s not that hard for one to get into a class, especially if the class has a lot of sections and you register at your assigned time. However, some of us aren’t that lucky and it’s basically the Hunger Games College Edition, but behind computers.

You have to be quick and constantly stalking Patriot Web if a class is full and you’re just waiting for someone to drop so you can sign up. This is the only time where stalking is recommended and legal. Honestly, one thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that someone always drops! Especially during the 1:00 am – 4:00 pm time frame, people love to make life changing decisions at that time and it gives you an opportunity to claim your spot! Another thing I learned is that people drop classes a few days before the semester starts and definitely in the first week of the semester. You might find stalking Patriot Web throughout the day helpful because some people drop then too! You just have to sit back and watch the magic happen. There’s a reason people say, “Good things come to those who wait.”

One thing to keep in mind is that you are NOT the only one trying to get into this class. For some classes, there is a way to waitlist, but it isn’t guaranteed that you’ll get into the class. The waitlist system doesn’t really move you into the class as soon as a spot opens up. You are given an override and then it’s up to you to claim your spot. This is where the Hunger Games aspect comes in. Like in the Hunger Games, you willingly VOLUNTEERED to waitlist for a class. When that override is declared, it is equivalent to all of the tributes being placed into the arena and basically fighting to the death to become a victor. In your case, it is the fight to secure the class! If you get into the class you shall be victorious, and if you don’t, you may have to wait until the following semester. Hey, at least you’ll be alive (unlike the majority of the tributes in The Hunger Games)!