The most wonderful time of the year

It’s that time of year again.

The stress piles on, you worry about long waits, getting everything done in time and getting exactly what you want.

Yep, it’s registration week.

We’ve all been through it, sitting at our computers at some ungodly hour watching TESS crawl as we nervously await the fate of next semester’s schedule. You hope that there isn’t another junior with 87.56 credits trying to get the last open spot left in the one class that for some strange reason, everyone all of a sudden wants to take.

You bite your nails, awaiting a sign that you finally got into that mythology class everyone raves about, while anxiously scanning the reviews on ratemyprofessor.com.

You bite your lip, hoping you’ve finally fulfilled your Liberal Learning requirements in time for graduation, dreading the conversation between your parents where you tell them you need to take a summer gender course.

Of course you don’t get the classes you need and send the inevitable follow-up e-mails to your professors, begging them to sign you into the class.

The bottom line? Registration sucks.

Luckily for those of us who won’t be graduating in May, the new, yet-to-be-named Student Administration system is scheduled to debut in March 2009. Next year’s incoming freshmen will know of TESS in name only.

At least, that’s according to several Signal articles written about the topic in the past few years. We reported that the new system would have a back button, an auditing feature for anxious juniors and seniors and 24-hour access.

Of course we appreciate the College’s effort, albeit painstakingly slow, to eradicate the ridiculously creaky and outdated TESS.

But, we’ll believe it when we see it.

Here’s hoping that this year’s round of registration blues will be our last.