As the Advising Period Begins, Class Registration Looms

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A long month of planning, decision making  and anxiety, will ultimately lead to frustration amongst Marist College students, once again.

This week, students will begin meeting with their academic advisers to talk about course selections, in preparation for the Spring 2014 class registration period; a period of the semester, which students dread more than anything.

Although course selections do not take place until November 6th, registration has increasingly become a topic of conversation across campus.  Every year, students get all worked up, and continuously ask themselves the same questions:

What if I don’t get into this class, what am I going to do? Or, what happens if there are only 8 AM classes left and I don’t want to wake up that early? Or, what if I am required to this class, but I looked on ratemyprofessors.com and the reviews were horrible? What do I do then?

Who knew that something, which seems so simple and easy, could become so stressful and taxing. 

Oh the Pain!

Painful, stressful, and frustrating are the words that are frequently heard, when it comes to class registration. Marist College sophomore, Kaleigh Tierney, and Marist College junior, Kaitlyn Lofaro share almost identical views on the process.

“As you get older, it becomes less stressful because you are moving up in credits and get to register sooner, but until then I will continue to stress over it and have to go through the painful process of getting overrides,” said Tierney.

“I think the process can be frustrating but by the third or fourth time it starts to get easier,” Lofaro said. “Once you’ve done it a few times you learn to plan ahead better and that helps by relieving some of the stress at registration time.”

Fair Or Foul?

As each year passes, the process comes less and less painful.  This is due in part to how the Marist process works.

Marist allows the students who have earned more credits to have the opportunity to register prior to everyone else.  Therefore, being an upperclassman allows you to register without to much interference.   Having said that, is the process really fair for the younger students?

Marist senior, Ryan Calvi, believes so.

“I think the way Marist does class registration is very fair, said Calvi. “Those who have earned the most credits absolutely should be able to get first priority.”

Meanwhile, junior Stephen Nanni, looked at it with a different kind of perspective. “I think there is a duality of fairness,” said Nanni. “It is fair in regards to the ratio between credits earned and time at which one registers, (but) it is unfair how many students are limited to registration in classes they need, based on how many sections are offered.”

That seems to be a common complaint amongst the student body. It doesn’t make sense that there only might be only two sections of a course, with 20 seats each, but over a 100 students are required to take the class; you can do the math there, it just doesn’t add up.

Also, if students aren’t upperclassmen, they will need to try and get an override form signed. Sometimes, a professor won’t agree to sign the override form because the class is already to full, and the student will need to try and look elsewhere for a class.

Finally… It’s Over

“Will I be happy once I register for the final time, of course,” said Lofaro.

“It will be a weight lifted off my shoulders, when I no longer have to do this anymore,” said sophomore Patrick Lynch.

Unlike Lofaro and Lynch, Calvi will register for his final time this November.

“I never thought in a million years I’d be upset about picking classes for school,” Calvi said. “But since this will be the last time for me, reality is really starting to set in that school is coming to an end. I wish I was a freshman again to be completely honest.”

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