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Surviving Scheduling and Advising

If you're like me, then you like to be freakishly prepared and on top of things. That is why every time advising and scheduling for the next semester comes around I would pure panic about my next semester. I would panic about not getting into the classes I want, not getting the professor I want, not getting into my back up classes, the internet not working to schedule... and the list goes on and on.

From one control freak to another, I am telling you to not stress over scheduling classes.

My advice to you is not to panic. Everything will all work out I promise. Here are a few tips and pointers to avoid being like me and and how to go with the flow during this week. 

1. Talk to your older friends and see what they have to say about the classes you want to take. They might recommend a professor, or straight up save you from the hardest class of your life. They will have all the insight you need about future classes and be willing to help you!

2. If you have a class that you know will fill up before you get a chance to schedule, contact the professor ahead of time. I recommend going in person to ask them to sign you in when you can finally schedule. If you absolutely have to, send an email to the professor to ask ahead of time that they sign you in. Going early will help to ensure that you are on the top of their list for signing who gets signed in. 

3. Schedule your advising appointment. A rookie mistake is not scheduling your advising appointment. This is super important, as your classes won't go through on NetClassroom until your advisor approves them. If you are not quite sure who your advisor is, stop in the registrar's office in the admin building. They will be happy to help you out. For most professors, they will have a sign up sheet on their door, so they don't even have to be there when you sign up. 

4. Go into advising with an idea of what classes you want to take. This makes the process a lot less painful and it helps to ensure you will get the classes you want to take. It is helpful to go in with the classes you want and then a couple back ups, that way your advisor can quickly approve the classes once you input them into NetClassroom.

5. Lastly, make sure that you know how to do it. There is a video tutorial on the registrar's web page. This will make sure that at midnight on Thursday night you are not panicking that you have no idea what you are doing. It is a little tricky the first time you input classes, so just spend a couple minutes watching the video. Here is the link http://adrian.edu/academics/registrar/registration/

Good luck registering this week, I promise registering is not as bad as it sounds!

 

Mary Kate