In high school, for me anyways, registering for classes was no big deal at all. I was usually just placed in the class that correlated to the year that I was in, and I chose or got put in an AP or honors class if I was up for it. I obviously put some thought into what electives and such I would take, but overall, signing up for classes was no big deal.
Now in college, registering for classes is way more stressful. First you have to go to an advising meeting to see what classes you have to take, and then you have a choice between a few other classes, all of which you will be eventually taking. For my freshman year, and most of my sophomore year, I have been/will be taking GenEd classes, which are those that all students of all majors have to take. Since my school is a liberal arts school, I have to take sciences and history classes even though I am an elementary education major.
In addition to those general education classes, I have to take some that pertain to my major. For me, registering for classes will probably be something that I will always be nervous about because last semester, when I was signing for classes, or rather, when I was trying to sign up for classes, I was unable to due to a hold on my account. Basically, I was not able to get any of the teachers/class times that I had planned, and I had to get a bunch of random teachers and random times as those were the only classes left.
That’s another thing when signing up for classes- there are a lot of different teachers and time slots, something that was not an option for me in high school. Here, I can choose which teachers to take and I can choose what times I can take my classes so I can build my own schedule. While it is nice to be able to do that, it is also stressful because if you don’t get a class that you want due to the class being full or closed, you have to have a backup, or your whole schedule will get turned around.
In the end of my day registering for classes when I got all random teachers, it all worked out. This semester, although I did not get the teachers I wanted, I really do like my teachers now that I know them, and I have met so many new people and I’ve grown closer to more people because of this schedule mix-up. This is just one of the many ways that God has shown his sovereignty to me. I thought that I was going to have the worst schedule ever, but it has actually been awesome, and I’m thankful that it wasn’t worse. But, because I did have trouble signing up for classes, I think that I am forever going to be wary when signing up for classes.
The good news, though, is that signing up for classes gets easier as you get more into your major. Because I am taking mainly GenEd classes, the classes fill up faster and there are many time slots. There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. In one way, taking the GenEds is nice because you get to formulate your own schedule, but at the same time, the fill up quicker. On the other side, taking classes for your major is easier to register for because there aren’t as many people trying to get into one class, but you don’t have as much freedom with your schedule.
For my school, when signing up for classes, registration goes live at 6 AM and there are CRN codes, which are the codes for classes. You have to have already written down the classes and their codes prior to 6 AM, also. I recommend sitting down for an hour or so and mapping out your classes with the CRN numbers, with backups just in case something goes wrong or your class fills up. When you are scheduling your classes, I recommend to take classes early in the day versus classes later on because many people won’t want to take 8 AM classes. Sure, they are tiring, but when you are finished with your classes by noon, you’ll be happy to have the rest of the afternoon free.
Anyways, right at 6 AM, you basically type in your CRN numbers as fast as you can, and whoever enters theirs in first gets priority in the class. As you might have guessed, this is probably the most stressful part of registering for classes. But, if you have any questions about classes or anything at all, contact your advisor! These advisors are here to help you, so I would 100% recommend talking to them. It is like online shopping for Lilly at Target- it’s stressful, and if you don’t get what you want, you are disappointed and you have to just suck it up.
After signing up for classes, I have some experience now so here is some advice!
Luckily, I just signed up for my classes for sophomore year, and I got in all of the classes that I wanted (PTL). I am so happy that I did not have any difficulties signing up this time around! But, if you don’t get in a class that you want, try not to stress, because God’s planning is perfect and everything will work out!