In my opinion, the most stressful week of school is not the first week back.
Or even finals.
The most stressful week of any semester is registration, or as I call it, the Hunger Games. Let me explain.
First, you need to map out what your ideal schedule looks like.I personally prefer not to have classes on Fridays or before 10 a.m.
After mapping out your ideal schedule, you need to schedule a meeting with your adviser. Of course, at this point in the semester, it’s midterms. your current schedule is a nightmare and you have a million things to do. Plus, your adviser has to meet with all of his or her advisees, making it challening for both of you to find time.
When you finally meet, your adviser almost always has some bad news. Whether its the “you need to take this required three hour night class” or the classic “you probably won’t get into this class because upperclassmen will fill it up first.” And just like that your ‘perfect’ schedule is shattered, and you’re headed back to the drawing board!
Once your schedule is drafted for the second time, you’re ready for registration. Registration of course means staying up until midnight to try and get the classes you want and/or need to take.
Virtually every semester, you and all of your classmates crash the Marywood website and registration is brought to a screeching halt. Everyone panics and eventually registers for classes; whether you get all of the classes you wanted to…that’s a whole different story.
My schedule for the spring semester, if all goes according to plan, will have no Friday classes and nothing too early. However, at this point, I still have no idea what classes I intend to take!
Best of luck with registration, Pacers! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
Alexandra (AJ) Goebelbecker is a sophomore double major in Communication Arts and History/Political Science. When she’s not in class, she’s working for the Marywood chapter Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the HerCampus Marywood blog.