When I opened my Gmail account to receive that first wonderful reminder about upcoming registration, two words come to mind: annoyance and frustration.
Registration is NEVER a fun process, and Fairfield’s confusing system does not make anything easier. As I’m sure you are all aware, this year we are “going green,” meaning that the school is not printing out those lovely course booklets that could be picked up in the Kelley Center. Instead we are all forced to stare at a computer screen for hours on end as our headache’s increase from moderate to severe and Advil becomes a necessity.
Nicole Molle ’12 gave her view on going green, “It is definitely a little annoying to have to read the booklet online, but I think it’s good that the schools going green. Printing out course booklets for 4,000 students can’t be good for the environment.”
The registration process may seem like just another mandatory thing that we’d like to quickly get over with, but the reality is the process determines the next entire semester of our college careers. Tom Kelly ’12 gave his strategy on choosing classes, “I make sure to avoid all classes before 11 a.m., and try to have at least one day off, preferably Wednesday or Friday.”
A useful tip for freshmen is to use RateMyProfessor.com. This Web site is one of the best inventions the world wide-web has ever came out with for college students. It provides reviews of almost every teacher in every department from several different students, but make sure to read more then just two reviews because who knows who in the world is posting these comments; it could be anyone from the teacher themselves to a foreign exchange student. The information is usually mostly accurate, though.
Another tip for freshmen, have backup classes! Especially if you’re at the bottom of the list for registration time. Classes fill up fast, and without backups, you may be stuck taking the one teacher in the department that takes off 25 percent of your grade for every missed class.
Overall, registration is an annoying process that all of us will have to deal with for the rest of our education at Fairfield. Now that course booklets are online the process is even more frustrating, but in the long wrong the environment will greatly benefit. Even though we all want to get registration out of the way is important to plan one’s schedule with technique. Good luck to all in surviving registration! I know you’ll need it.