Orange Rhymes With: The Art of Registration

I have no idea what I’m doing in college. Not so much in the day-to-day stuff — I’m told that I’m a genius in the art of waking up and going to class — but more in the long-term planning sense. I tend to flounder when it comes to making decisions that impact my life past the morning’s breakfast. (Bacon and eggs with a side of bacon. Nailed it!)

For some perspective, I’m 63 credits into college and I just decided that it might be time to decide on a major, not that I don’t enjoy spending obscene amounts of money to just float around the system, mind you. So take all my advice with about six billion grains of salt.

The deadline for choosing classes for spring semester is upon us, and some of us will be making some very difficult decisions regarding our futures. Some are preparing to transfer or getting ready to dive headfirst into a new degree program, maybe even rethinking life goals.

And then there’s me, who did all of those things in the span of a week.

So registration will be a bit of an interesting process this year. In addition to the vicious midnight scramble to sign up for classes we don’t have a strong desire to attend (I’m looking at you, Statistics for Business and Economics), many of us now have life-changing decisions to ponder.

In the midst of making those decisions, I’ve come to realize that I have three distinct types of questions regarding registration: realistic, lazy and desperate.

Realistic questions are, “Should I decide to minor in history or psychology?” The lazy questions sound a bit like, “Do I really want to stack nine credits’ worth of economics courses onto one day?” and “Can I just pay the College of Business to live in an empty office so I can save time in the mornings?”

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And then there are the desperate cries of, “What do you mean that my 055-level snowshoeing course doesn’t transfer to my business major?!”

Basically, I’m making all of my plans up as I go along.

I don’t think that’s entirely a bad thing, either. I have no idea what experiences will be useful later in life, much less what is worth spending money on in the present. So yes, maybe it is an odd use of money to buy a season pass to Alyeska and refuse to schedule classes on Fridays. I probably shouldn’t decide to take a 400-level course on Cold War economics just because I thought it looked cool in the register. And deciding to stack my classes to accommodate my work schedule may not work out in my favor.

But I’m going to do all of those things because I only get one shot at this and I really just don’t know any better. Mostly the second one.

So I guess that in the end, I have no real advice for your registration woes. You’re on your own with this one, unless you went to see an adviser. I hear those are nice.

It’s your call. Try an elective or two to break the stress, don’t let yourself get so overloaded that you burn out by March.

Though, if you do burn out by March, feel free to join me in my huddled ball of shame on the second floor of the library.

So just do it, take that kung-fu course, learn to mush sled dogs! Just go with what you feel. You really can’t go wrong with an extra elective or two. Unless you’re feeling a math elective. Because no one should ever want a math elective.

Good luck!