Monday, November 04, 2013
When the middle of the quarter comes around, four things come to mind:
1. Midterms are completed
2. I find that I am finally in the swing of things
3. I see that my schedule is about to be very busy, very soon
4. It’s the middle of the quarter already?
Oh, how time flies! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of the quarter and Winter Break is only a few weeks away. But before we can reach that well deserved break, we have to finish those group projects, essays, and pass those remaining tests, quizzes, and of course – finals. Now it’s time to use what was learned in the first half of the quarter and apply it to new assignments in the second half of the quarter.
Though this point of the quarter marks the beginning of incredibly busy weeks before break, it is also my favorite. Why? It’s registration season! I don’t just mean registration week, but the advising period for registration as well. It might sound odd, but I really enjoy looking up classes I want to take for the following quarter and making back-up plans just in case I’m not able to register for my first-choice classes. I think registering for classes is enjoyable because unlike your first quarter as a freshman where your classes are automatically assigned, you have the ability to pick classes that actually interest you. As far as classes go, the new core includes a variety of classes that I’m sure students will find at least one section they are interested in. In the past few weeks I have been looking at the UCOR classes offered for next quarter and I admit, I’m a little jealous these weren’t options when I was taking core classes! However, as a junior it’s time for me to start taking classes that pertain to my major (along with a few business core classes), and I am beyond excited. I am definitely looking forward to exploring and learning more about both my marketing and management majors.
Another part of the registration period that I enjoy is talking to my advisor to plan the classes I need to take next quarter, or even creating my four-year plan. Who doesn’t like having a guideline to follow of what classes to take for the next four years? It is honestly such a great help and I believe it really gives you an idea of how you can stay on track. Since I also work at the Albers Front Desk, I’m beginning to feel the registration buzz among students. Many are making appointments for these very reasons. I even came in for an appointment last week! With November already here, registration is just around the corner (starting on November 18th). Before it’s too late -- check your advising holds, meet with your academic advisor, meet with your NSM if you’re a freshman, and prepare the list of classes you want to take for next quarter. Being prepared is very helpful especially when the class you want only has a few spots left!
So even though this midpoint might seem a little intimidating, just think – we only have a few weeks before the end of the quarter and Winter Break!
Happy Registration Season to you all!
- Abbey Fajardo, NSM