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Signing up for classes demonstrates concern

April 6, 2012

It’s that time of year again, where students returning to UWRiver Falls next year are making appointments to see their advisors and beginning to plan classes for next year.

Over all, it should be a pretty simple process. Follow your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and pick classes from the list of courses that comply with either fill your general education requirements, major or minor. However, it’s not always that simple.

Depending on your standing with your year and other factors, you could come across problems with getting into your classes. Naturally, seniors and juniors get the advantage of registering for classes before sophomores and freshmen, which makes it tough for the lower classmen to get into the classes they need because upper classmen also need them.

Even though it’s not always possible to get into certain classes, it’s worth a try to go talk to the professor that is teaching the class and see if you can get an exception to be in the class.

Also, keep checking eSIS before the next semester starts because students sometimes drop the class as well, which can create an opening.

I also hear students talking about how they need certain classes but then they get two or three of them that overlap each other which make it impossible to take all of them. Well, this time I found myself in that same position.

I know there are people around campus that are a lot worse off than I am regarding their schedules, but it is so frustrating when I absolutely need two classes in order to take other classes later and I can’t because they are at the same time. Of course I figured I could take one of them in the spring next year but then I discover that they are both only offered in the fall.

Not only did this situation happen but I also discovered that I have several of those classes that are only offered every other year. Let me tell you, as a transfer student, this is the biggest pain.

You either miss that time frame of when a class is offered before you actually transfer schools or something changed and now you need two extra pre-requisites in order to take other classes you need.

Talking to your advisor, other professors and the Registrar’s Office can be a big help when you find yourself in these situations. They might be able to help you figure out another solution to get you in the right direction for classes.

I am so grateful for my advisor, professors and the Registrar’s Office because if it weren’t for them, I would never get my schedule worked out.

Registering for classes can be a simple process but also a hassle. Making sure you use your resources can help tremendously with getting your schedule worked out. I wish you the best of luck.

Samantha Mayberry is a junior and is majoring in journalism. She is from Rochester, Minn., and loves to read, listen to music and take pictures.