Alright, so early registration week is almost over. Bridget provided a lovely set of guidelines helping you to find the best classes for your schedule (along with some great backups). Why in the world would I post more about registration?

If you’re like a lot of students at Loyola, registration doesn’t end during early registration week. Between now and the summer or fall semesters, you might need to move classes around–maybe you got a new job, or maybe you realized that taking four classes on a Thursday was a horrible idea. Maybe a spot opened up in that perfect class you thought was full! Here’s a registration guide to post-registration.

“I didn’t get to register!”

Maybe you had a pesky financial hold, never got cleared by your advisor, or just managed to sleep in too late–for five days in a row (hey, it’s been known to happen). First things first–DON’T PANIC. Panic clouds thinking, and you want to treat this situation with a clear mind (also, you want to be able to communicate clearly, and panic doesn’t translate over very well to this either). Besides, you have time to sort this out. You can add until the end of the first week of fall semester (something similar is in place for summer semester).

You’re calm? Great. Address the problem. Maybe you need to pay a trip to financial services or email your advisor (or your department head, for that matter, if you and your advisor keep missing each other). You’ll only get help if you ask for it, and these types of problems don’t go away on their own.

When it comes to making your schedule plan, some of your first choices might be gone. If you’re not the kind of person who can keep all of the different scheduling options open in your head, work with your advisor or with someone you trust to figure out a schedule for you. Always keep a copy of your current DPCL on you–you can ask your advisor to make a copy for you. Your advisors are here to help you in situations like these, so don’t worry.

“But I NEED to get into that class!”

You’re ready to schedule it–that magical class that will unlock the sparkling doors to all the other classes in your major. Unfortunately, the only section you can make is full with a waitlist, and it’s your prerequisite. For everything.

There’s a lot of different options in this situation, depending on where you are in your college journey (this might not be a huge problem for a freshman whereas a junior might be behind and struggling to catch up). Can you satisfy a different requirement instead? Try scheduling that class instead. If that doesn’t work, you can go through several channels to try to get a spot in the class. Definitely email the professor as soon as possible. Showing interest goes a long way. Explain your situation and ask if you think he/she can take on another student. Also talk to your advisor. Advisors are really good at weaseling deals out of seemingly thin air. You can also attend class on the first day with something called a seat card, which you can pick up all over campus during the first week of the semester (seriously–the things seems to flutter like leaves)–usually somewhere in student services. Ask for one and fill it out. Engage yourself in that first class. At the end of class (or, if you’re gutsy, you can try to catch the professor before he/she even starts teaching), introduce yourself to the professor politely. Tell him/her about your interest in the class and ask to be considered as part of the class that semester. Present the professor with your seat card. Sometimes the professor will accept and sometimes he/she won’t. Remember that there’s a lot of adding and dropping during the first week of the semester, so keep your options flexible. I’ve known people defeat fourteen people-long waitlists to get into classes their hearts were set on, so don’t give up. Be aggressive but polite.

“I need to move my schedule around.”

Maybe things aren’t going to plan. You find yourself without a key mode of transportation for the semester and a time block isn’t working out for you. Remember that you can add classes up until the end of the first week of the semester and drop without penalty (the penalty being that strange-looking W on your transcript) until the end of the second week of classes. Unless you’re a first semester freshman, you can log in to LORA and look at your options. Feel free to move your schedule around, but keep in mind that if you drop and add on Thursday, the class might already have learned a lot. Keep those good communication skills–don’t be afraid to email professors or your advisor to ask for help.

Don’t forget to make the most of the end of early registration. Check LORA for syllabi that will tell you a lot about classes you might be interested in taking. How quickly might you read the textbooks? How many assignments are there? If you’re working full time, maybe you don’t want to write three 5,000 word papers for one class.

Good registration skills are also all-around good life skills. Remember, be smart and realistic, keep good communication skills, and be assertive and polite. Don’t stress. Happy registration, and feel free to comment below with other registration tips.

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