The stresses of scheduling

According to Arts & Entertainment Editor Julia Corbett, part of the frustration of PAWS is logging in and seeing classes in the shopping cart already filled. (Screenshot of PAWS)

There’s nothing like preparing your class schedule ahead of time and meeting with your advisor to talk about all of your options.

There’s nothing like feeling prepared with back-ups.

There’s nothing like waking up during the morning of your registration date and seeing that all your required courses — or better yet, all of your classes that you thought you would take, period — are closed out. You know it’s the start to a wonderful day.

Class scheduling is probably one of the more stressful times of the semester — when people who hate thinking about the future have to figure out what next steps to take and people who are well-prepared get locked out of what they built their entire potential schedules around.

For some majors, certain classes are absolutely obligatory to take in order to reach the next level of study — like for education and science students. For other majors, there is a little more leeway, but scheduling is still annoying.

No matter what you do, there is a high chance of not getting what you want — at least when you’re an underclassman.

Then, of course, it’s always a joy when a rising junior, who expects to get a class, sees that light blue box next to a class in his or her shopping cart.

Unfortunately, this isn’t just a problem faced by students at the College. It’s a problem all over. If you’re having trouble scheduling now, imagine dealing with registration at bigger schools, like Rutgers or the University of Delaware (hello, major headache).

So what can be done about these scheduling stresses?

Honestly, as students, nothing really. Maybe write a note to the administration? Or request for classes to have at least five seats reserved for certain majors?

I feel like there’s nothing that really can be done because you cannot predict what thousands of students want to take in classes that have 25 seats. There’s only so much you can do.

Sometimes, we can get into classes that we were previously blocked out of due to people dropping classes or making requests to be place in, due to graduation requirements.

Still, it’s just all really annoying. And we all hate it. So let’s complain for a few days and move on. I know I will.

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