Time to Stress Once Again

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–> Time to stress? What? But midterms are over! There isn’t anything else to
stress about for a while! What am I talking about? Well, buckle up. It’s time
for registration once again! It seems like we just started classes a month ago.
Nope. We’re more than half way through the first semester—that’s such a scary
thought! My sophomore year is almost half-way over! I feel like I should be a freshman still.

If you remember registration for classes in high school, signing up for
classes in college is literally twenty times more stressful. This is due to the
fact that you can’t just take whatever classes you want or take whatever classes your friends
are taking because you have to now plan out what classes pertain to your
intended major. It’s a complete balancing act.

“Oh, I’ll take this math class.
Wait, that class has a prerequisite that I need to take first. Dang! I already
have a class at that time and I can’t move my schedule around.”

Yup, this is
what I and I’m sure a bunch of other students have to struggle through. It’s
one struggle trying to figure out what classes you need to take to graduate. It’s
another struggle to coordinate the classes so the times all work together and
hopefully align so you don’t have to take all 8:00 AM courses.

This week is
full of advising meetings to help out stressed-out students like myself. That’s
what’s so great about advisors here at Hope. They can actually sit down with
you and talk about what you need to do and truly care about you and how you’re
scheduling your time at Hope. Although I am fretting beyond belief in hopes
that I am able to sign up for my classes before they fill up, I know that
advisors and professors are understanding and ultimately help me out and make
sure that I end up taking what I need to take in order to graduate on time.

Registration for me this semester is even more of a headache and stressful than before because I just declared my major a week ago, so I had to be assigned a new advisor in the Kinesiology Department. Prior to being assigned an advisor in your major field, you are given your First Year Seminar professor as your advisor. Between the paperwork and waiting to be given a new advisor, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to schedule a meeting because advisors are scheduled with so many other students in the same field. Luckily, I was able to get a meeting and let me just say that that meeting was SUCH a productive time. My advisor knew exactly what I needed to take, what I could wait to take, what is a good course to complete over the summer or during a May Term, and what was recommended for me to take when I study abroad.

If you’re curious how we even register for classes, let me tell you how it’s done. First of all, all freshmen usually register in person, but sophomores and those with a certain amount of credits do it online. Basically, for online registration, your advisor gives you a PIN code and you log into your KnowHope Plus account and use that code and simply type in the CRN number and select which class you want to sign up for. Here’s a link that students use to see which classes are being filled up and which classes are still available:

This website is amazing, yet is the most nerve-wracking thing EVER! It’s so accurate and up-to-date that it shows when somebody takes a spot in a class and how many seats are available left in the class. If you are waiting for your registration time, it’s a race against the student body to register for your needed classes. However, when you are finished registering and you got at least most of the classes you wanted, it’s such a huge relief and you don’t have to think about registration again for a few more months!

Well, that’s all I have to report on regarding registering for classes! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or tweet me @hopeleslie15.

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Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!