By Alexandra White -1851 Contributor
Registration for the spring, winter and summer semesters began on November 12 with seniors and continued through November 18 with first year students, officially ending after the open houses for registration. November 21. As in previous years, registrations started at 7 a.m. with the students racing. to register for their courses before they are full.
While it is usually a stressful time for all students, enrolling in the spring semester is the first time freshmen have enrolled on their own. First-year graphic design major Olivia Rojowski said she felt ready for enrollment. â€œThe meeting with my advisor was really good; she was very helpful. I got it right and we created backup schedules.
Rojowski says that although they were nervous about signing up, they were able to find classes. â€œRegistration went well, I just had to move between classes but other than that I got everything I needed. “
Vikki Turnquist, Senior Professional Academic Advisor, advises first year students in the School of Humanities, Education, Justice and Social Sciences, as well as early years in the School of Communication and the Arts. Turnquist says counselors work hard to prepare students for enrollment and reduce stress on freshmen. â€œMy biggest tip for freshmen or any incoming college student is to check your email. We’ll send you an email when it’s time to meet us. All meetings build on each other. We start planning about a month before registration.
Group counseling sessions have started this year to teach several students at the same time how to use self-service for registration. First year students were not introduced to the system during orientation. Turnquist says she thinks group counseling is helpful for students. â€œWe support them step by step in the registration process during group counseling sessions. ”
Alexandria Bettencourt, a junior major in International Business, believes that group counseling and getting a second opinion outside of your advisor on course selection is beneficial. â€œI think students should go to student advisers, they’re really helpful in knowing how to plan your schedule. Or even going to see a professor in your major, it really helped me.
Students in the upper grades do not meet with their counselors as often as in the early years. School of Humanities, Education, Justice and Social Sciences dean Lori Rosenthal said students in upper grades generally had better control over course selection and may not have no need for additional help.
â€œAfter you’ve been here for awhile, some students know exactly what to take, or they know which route they’re headed, or maybe they’ve hooked up with another faculty member. and that they receive advice elsewhere. They don’t really need their advice because they have a very close relationship with one of the other teachers. So we kind of let the students drive it rather than force anything. “
Alize Romero, a first year business management major, is on a waiting list for a course, but her registration has been generally successful. Romero wants self-service to be easier to use, believing enrollment would be easier if students could register for available courses before they have to remove courses with no available places.
Longe School of Business Dean Matthew Reilly says the best way to reduce enrollment stress is to prepare. “Students [should] come prepared with some backup options and [be] very familiar with a. their academic project, b. the course rotation schedule so that they know when courses are offered, and c. course offerings for this potential semester. When a student is prepared with all of this informationâ€¦ it would help reduce stress or anxiety.
Linda Arce, Registrar staff, agrees with Reilly. Arce says students should be sure to read emails sent about enrollment to prepare. “I send notifications about the waiting list, what to expect, I also send screenshotsâ€¦ This is very important, especially when it comes from the registrar’s office because we take care of the planning. , registration. [and] notes, have students read this information.
Signing up can be stressful, but Rosenthal says students shouldn’t worry too much. â€œWe’re really protecting them, and we’re not going to let the students run out of schedules. We will always work with them. I tell students whatever happens on registration day, don’t panicâ€¦ it will be fine.