If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re
I know this because online registration for fall classes started
this week. You were probably headed
there when you suddenly noticed the attention-grabbing “Read Student Sex Blogs!”
icon on the MC homepage.
Just kidding. It
doesn’t really say that—but it might as well. Because, as we all know, when
you’re trying to postpone the torture of putting together a course schedule,
even an uninteresting “Read
Student Blogs!” icon can suddenly become impossible to resist.
Procrastination is a normal reaction when faced with the
daunting task of finding classes that will fit seamlessly around your
life. It’s a lot like solving a Rubik’s
cube: it’s impossible. Unless, of course, you’re one of those annoying kids featured
regularly on Ellen who can solve a Rubik’s cube while simultaneously unicycling
juggling live hamsters. In which case I’m not sure what exactly it is
that you’re doing at MC, even though you do appear to have embraced the
school’s motto: Endless Possibilities.
I may not be juggling small rodents, but, like you, I am
juggling a lot of other stuff: work, family, classes, and—call me lucky—a
student blog. Believe me, I know that scheduling
isn’t easy. But I’ve been through this a couple of times now, and I’m more than
happy to share some tips and techniques that have worked for me.
So, let’s get started! Find your list of courses, roll up
your sleeves, hang up the Do Not Disturb
sign, and take a deep breath. First
things first, which is why I suggest you start by logging on to Facebook to see
if anything has changed in the 3 ½ minutes since you last visited. While you’re
there, it’s probably a good time to update your hopelessly outdated profile
picture--just to get that out of the way.
OK, now it’s really
time to get to work. Tracking down the classes on your list and fitting them all
together is both an art and a skill
which requires razor-sharp attention to detail. With a little patience and hard
work, you will eventually find what I’ve found every semester: there’s no way
you will ever, ever be successful in registering for all of the classes on your
list. It just doesn’t happen.
Oh, sure, the classes you need might be offered somewhere.
They just won’t be offered on the days or at the times or on the campuses that
will work for you. No matter how hard I try and how fast I drive, I still
can’t get from Rockville to Germantown in ten minutes.
Funnily enough, this may not be a bad thing. Twice now I’ve ended up in excellent classes with
great professors because the class I originally wanted didn’t work out
schedule-wise. Somehow, you just have to
trust that the universe is unfolding as it should.
At long last, when you’ve decided on your courses and typed
in those tiresome CRN numbers, it’s time to squeeze your eyes shut and click on
the “submit” button.
Then, after your first credit card has been declined, re-enter
another card’s info. Keep on going. Whatever you do, don’t give up now….you’re
so close! (Does MC accept 7-year-old gift cards from L.L. Bean? Who knows….it’s
worth a try.)
And, finally, success!
Now that you’re done, it’s time to get back to studying. In
this flurry of excitement you may have forgotten that final exams are a little
over a week away.
But first, take a minute to check out your Facebook page. Just in case.
Bonus Tip of the Day: For a great (cheap) date this Saturday night, April 30, take your main squeeze to The Macklin Tower Observatory for Public Night starting at 8:30 p.m! Check out the observatory web site (http://mcobservatory.wordpress.com/) or call 240-567-5415 for updates.