Registering for classes could very well be one of the most stressful processes as a freshman. For starters, you have no idea what you’re doing. Literally no clue. However, Union does a very good job of making sure they have multiple different workshops and informational sessions available for us little baby freshman to attend to try to get a grip on the process.
For those who don’t know how class scheduling works for a freshman here at Union, I’ll break it down for you: the schedule of courses offered is released well in advance so that you can start perusing it and finding classes you like. Then, you have to pick up a scheduling sheet, which has your meeting time for your day of registration, but the most important part of that piece of paper is the place where your adviser signs off. Prior to any registration, you have to meet with your academic adviser, discuss classes and have he or she sign your paper and remove any holds you have on your account. There are also petition classes, which require a student to plead their case for a class using a limited number of words. Not every class is petition only, but a lot are. For example, I petitioned for two Psychology courses, and miraculously, I got into both of them! There is then a period where you accept or decline petitions so that wait lists can be utilized. Eventually, on your day of registration, during your specified time slot, you go to the designated area (in this year’s case, Hale House) and log on to the computer to register. Pretty straightforward. However, there are definitely some flaws in this plan.
All of this registration takes place over the course of a couple of days, so your odds of getting into the classes you want are entirely dependent on when your registration time is. My time was on the second day of freshman registration at 10:30…not ideal. The later your time, particularly on the second day, the worse your chances are at getting into a class you want before it fills up. For some bizarre reason, Union must have really loved me this time around. I got into every class I wanted, no problem. Plus, my schedule also happens to be pretty awesome.
Maura’s Classes for Winter Term:
10:30 – 11:35 Intro to Sociology, MWF
11:45 – 12:50 Intermediate Spanish 3, MWF
3:05 – 4:45 Forensic Psychology, MW