Registration: the Antithesis of Relief

Psh, I hate November. Classes go crazy trying to fit everything, everybody gets hyper busy prepping for finals, and it pours. The two major holidays don’t help either; they just give out one more distraction. The killer is class registration since we just weren’t stressed enough. I’m envious of students who somehow manage to survive it without getting ticked off at least once. I seem to have hit a problem every year I’ve been here: professor out of town, didn’t clear my account, webadvisor hates me, or I just lose out on whatever classes I wanted to take.

This one was particularly important for me. You see, next Spring is my last semester here before I graduate. I’m done with my major beyond a seminar class and I wanted to load up on every class I’ve always wanted to take but haven’t had time for. Ceramics, acting, maybe a psych class or two… it just seemed like it’d be great. And all while maintaining my “don’t have class on Fridays” strategy that’s worked since my sophomore year.

Imagine my surprise to find that a new block schedule is in effect. It’ll make everything now that it’s been regimented carefully and intuitively. “Sounds great” I think to myself before jumping online.

Great is the opposite of what it is. Instead of classes shoved into seemingly random times, all classes have been restructured to the exact same time! No seriously, look it up. I might have exaggerated a little. But assuming the class isn’t some pathetic entry level class of fifty minutes, it’ll be an hour and a half on MW or TTH. And about two hundred percent of them start at between the hours of ten and eleven A.M. I guess there are some at eight AM as well. Like anyone wants those classes.

And so literally every class I want falls in mid-morning. I can get two-a MW and TTH- and then I need to start getting creative. All those classes I’ll never could take… Not sure who the block schedule is supposed to help at this point. I hate November.

Matt Olson, columnist
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