It’s that time in the semester just before fall term finals begin when the entire student body seems to stress over one thing: course registration. This was my first experience doing so since it was basically done for me at my freshman orientation last June. Once the spring semester courses were available on Blackboard, I think I probably spent a total of a few hours over the course of a month deciding which classes I should take. As a freshman, is it more important to fulfill all general education credits first or mix them in with requirements specifically for your major? I even had lunch with a girl in my major at UNH who graduated from my high school a year before me and she gave me some great advice. Everything was now laid out perfectly until I hit a roadblock after meeting with my advisor—my late registration time. For the freshman class, registration began at 12:01 am on Thursday, November 29, and my registration time didn’t begin until 1:30 pm that afternoon. As a result, I found myself scrambling throughout Blackboard to create various rough draft schedules, not knowing what would be available.
That day was very stressful for all freshmen. I talked to multiple friends with registration times prior to mine and they all kept telling me slots in classes were being filled quickly—too quickly! Unfortunately, they were, in fact, correct. My roommate and one of my friends with the same registration time probably thought I was crazy with the amount of screaming that resulted from this extraneous process. It didn’t matter how many rough draft schedules I made. I knew which courses I had to take and which credits I needed to fill. What’s great is that registration is open all throughout winter break, so I can periodically check to see if different courses have availability, or even e-mail professors of closed classes and see if they can notify me if there is an opening early enough in the semester.
Although quite frustrating, I secretly have to admit the whole process was kind of fun, and it’ll all happen all over again in the spring for fall term registration!
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016