How to avoid stress while registering

A sophomore shares her tips on how to easily navigate the class registration process

As the spring semester quickly approaches, the process of registration begins. Starting with graduate students on Oct. 30, and continuing until Nov. 13 when freshmen register, this time of the year can be somewhat stressful. 

Scheduling courses for the next semester always seems to come much quicker than anticipated, and it can be difficult for students to think ahead. Typically, around this time of the year, I tend to focus on wrapping up the semester with good grades, and registration always seems to interrupt. 

Students must navigate through the hundreds of courses offered and decide their preferred times and professors. While this process is difficult for most students, it can be especially challenging for freshmen, student athletes and undeclared majors. 

Over the summer, the Office of the Registrar works hard to create schedules for each freshman’s fall semester. 

However, this process is left entirely up to them for their spring semester and can be overwhelming. Considering freshman are the last to register, the odds of them getting every class they want are slim. Plus, athletes must block out times during their day in which they cannot take classes due to their practice times. 

This can be particularly difficult when desired courses are offered at limited or conflicting times. Additionally, students who have yet to decide on their major may find scheduling classes adds more pressure to their decision, and the classes they plan on taking may seem pointless. 

For student athletes:

1. Use a calendar or planner to organize your potential schedule and make sure to include the times of  previous obligations like meetings, events and practices.

2. Prioritize the courses which need to be completed next semester and focus on scheduling those first. After, you can fit in the courses that should be completed, but are not needed currently. 

Undeclared majors:

1. When in doubt, try to fulfill your Area of Inquiry courses, as they will count towards whichever major you end up deciding to declare. 

2. The Center for Career Planning is an excellent resource in determining your major and career path. They offer help in deciding your major, writing resumes, finding jobs or internships and preparing for graduate school.  

Freshman tips:

1. Use the Degree Evaluation on CNU Live to see a complete list of every course needed in order to earn your degree. It also tells you which courses you have completed, and it is organized in categories like: Liberal Learning Core, your major, your minors and electives. The Degree Evaluation also shows your GPA for that category compared to the needed GPA.

2. Talk to other students and friends about the professors they recommend for certain courses in order to narrow down your decision and gain insight into the class. 

General tips: 

1. Set up a meeting with your Core Advisor to discuss possible courses for the upcoming semester and to receive your registration pin number. Your advisor can also serve as a guide as to what courses should be completed when. 

2. It is also important to decide your preference in terms of scheduling. Do you prefer morning, afternoon or night classes, and how long do you want those classes to be? Do you want a day, like Friday, with no classes? 

3. Along with scheduling for the next semester, it can be helpful to also look ahead to the 2019 fall semester. Make a note of the courses you need to take or wanted to take but are not currently offered. 

4. It is also important to create an alternate schedule in case your desired courses or times fill up, so while registering, you are not scrambling. 

5. Be sure to check CNU Live for your registration date and time, test your pin number to ensure it is correct and view any holds that would prevent you from registering.

Total credit hours can be daunting, and as a student with a major and two minors, I find myself wondering how I will complete it all in time. However, by following these tips, I find it much easier to navigate the registration process and plan out my remaining years.

And freshmen, it does get easier.

~Cana Wilson, Staff Writer~

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