5 tips to surviving registration week

Second semester of Sophomore Quincy Brown’s first year at Marist College was made especially stressful when he learned that he would not be taking a class that he needed in order to graduate on time. He woke up the morning of class registration day only to find that the course he had been preparing to take the following semester, Intro to Law, had already filled. “I didn’t know what to do. I physically started shaking while searching for another class to take,” said Quincy Brown. “I ended up having to settle for a class I didn’t want to take and it really set me back.”

It’s no secret around Marist College’s campus that class registration is one of the most stressful times in a student’s life, second only to finals week. Students spend much of their time beforehand prepping and coming up with alternate plans for every outcome that they will be faced with when that dreaded day arrives. Students all across Marist have come up with different ways of relieving this immense amount of stress. Here are the top 5 ways in which to prevent yourself from losing your mind and to help you roll with the punches during this next class registration week.

  1. Meet with your advisor.

The first thing that should be done in order to help alleviate the stress of registration week is to meet with your advisor. Their job is to help you through all of your academic problems and answer any questions that may help you in your time at Marist. Sophomore Katie Morreale said, “I meet with my advisor the moment that I find out that registration week is coming up. I really like meeting with my advisor because it helps me get rid of the stress of figuring out what classes to take on my own.”

2. Have backup plans for your backup plans.

The second thing you definitely need to make sure that you have is a backup plan when it comes to the courses you are going to be taking. Sophomore Quincy Brown told me that he usually makes 3 different schedules, all on the basis that he may not get into the exact courses that he wants. “The most stressful thing is watching the class that I want to take slowly fill up the morning of registration,” said Brown. “I make multiple schedules so I can be absolutely sure that I won’t run around like a chicken without a head if I don’t get any classes.” Having those backups gives you some leeway with choosing courses on the off chance that the one you need to take is filled. You can always take it the next semester.

3. Wake up early.

After all this preparation, it will mean absolutely nothing if you end up sleeping through the entire process. So the third thing that you can do to make sure you are stress free this registration week is to wake up early before your time slot. It may be a pain to wake up at 6 a.m. on a weekday, but it will save you a lot of stress. “I set 5 alarms and wake up an hour before my time slot,” said senior Curtis Brauner. “I almost missed it freshman year when I woke up 5 minutes before my time slot and only just barely was able to get into my classes.” So make sure you set your alarms and give yourself ample time to prepare for the moment registration starts.

Students come to Donnelly Hall since it has great Wi-Fi. Photo by Dylan Gordon

Students come to Donnelly Hall since it has great Wi-Fi.
Photo by Dylan Gordon

4. Go somewhere with great Wi-Fi.

When it comes to stress during registration week, the biggest catalyst is not having good Wi-Fi. To actually get your classes, you have to log into your registration page and type in the numbers of the course you want to take. The processing page that shows up causes the most stress. “I physically shake while I wait for the confirmation page that I got into my classes,” said Senior Alex Goncalves. “If you have bad Wi-Fi, you are more susceptible to a long lag in the loading time and this gives other people more of an opportunity to snag your spot in that class.”

Senior Claudia Porras has been going to Donnelly Hall since freshman year because as she puts it, “there is a direct link to the Wi-Fi because it’s plugged in. You wont have to worry about the Wi-Fi crashing on you when you use the computers in the Donnelly lab.”

5. Have your override forms ready.

On the off chance that you don’t get the course you were hoping to take, or more importantly, a course you need to take, you’re going to need to get an override into the class from that professor. “I always have my override forms complete before I even start registering,” said Senior Madelyn Ward. “If I need a class and there aren’t a lot of spots in it, or its almost filled up, I get an override form for it so that the moment I don’t get into it, I can sprint to that professor’s office and wait for them to sign off on it.” Override forms can be a huge help for relieving your stress during registration week.

Registration is only as stressful as you make it, so be well prepared and it won’t be the foreboding thing that everyone makes it out to be. Follow these easy pieces of advice and you will save yourself from going crazy this registration week.

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