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Registration advice from students, staff and faculty

by Alexandra White -1851 contributor

Registration for spring, winter and summer classes began on November 12 with first-year students and continued through November 18 with first-year students, and officially ended after the open days for registration on November 21 Like previous years, registration began at 7 a.m. with students racing to register for their classes before they had fill up.

While this is usually a stressful time for all students, registration for the spring term is the first time first-year students have registered themselves. First-year senior graphic designer Olivia Rogowski said she felt ready to sign up. “The meeting with my advisor was really good; she was very helpful. I was able to understand that very well, and we set up backup schedules.”

Rogowski says that while they were worried about enrollment, they were successful in finding classes. “The recording went well, I only had to move between two classes but other than that I got everything I needed.”

Senior Professional Academic Advisor Vicki Turnquist advises the early years in the College of Humanities, Education, Justice and Social Sciences, as well as the early years in the College of Communication and the Arts. Turnquist says advisors work hard to prepare students for enrollment and reduce stress for first-year students. “Biggest tip I give in early years or any incoming students is to check your email. We will email when it is time for our interview. All meetings are somewhat dependent on each other. We start planning about a month before registration.”

Group counseling sessions began this year to teach multiple students at the same time how to use the self-service registration. First year students are not introduced to the system during orientation. Turnquist says she believes group counseling is beneficial to students. “We guide them through the registration process step-by-step in group counseling sessions.”

Alexandrea Bettencourt, International Junior Entrepreneur, believes that giving group advice and having a second opinion regardless of your advisor on course selection is beneficial. “I think students should go to a student advisor, they are really helpful to know how to plan your schedule. Or even go to a professor in your major, it really helped me.”

Seniors don’t meet with their advisors as the early years do. The dean of the College of Humanities, Education, Justice and Social Sciences, Laurie Rosenthal, says upperclassmen usually have a better grip on course selection and may not need additional help.

“Once you’ve been here for a while, some students know exactly what they need, know which path to take, or they may have reached out to another faculty member and get advice elsewhere. They don’t actually need their advisor because they have a close relationship With one of the other faculty members. So we kind of let the students drive instead of charging anything.”

Alize Romero’s first year business major is on the waiting list for a course but has generally had a smooth enrollment. Romero wished that self-service would be easier to use, believing that registration would be easier if students could register for available classes before having to remove classes without seats.

The best way to ease the stress of enrollment is to be prepared, says Matthew Riley, dean of the Long School of Business. “Disciples [should] Be prepared with some backup options and [be] Very familiar with a. Their academic plan, b. A course rotation schedule so they know when classes are offered, and c. Course offerings for this upcoming semester. When the student comes prepared with all this information… it will help in eliminating any stress or anxiety.”

Linda Ars, the record clerk, agrees with Riley. Arce says students should be sure to read emails sent about registration to get ready. “Send notifications regarding the queue, what to expect, and also send screenshots… It is very important, especially when it comes from the registrar’s office because we deal with scheduling and registration [and] grades, that students read this information.”

Recording can be stressful, but Rosenthal says students shouldn’t worry too much about it. “We are really supportive of them, and we will not allow the students not to set a timetable. We will always work with them to solve the problem. I tell the students whatever happens on the day of registration don’t panic… and it will work.”


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