20 Thoughts All Villanovans Have While Registering

20 Thoughts All Villanovans Have While Registering

1. What are my requirements again?
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If you're anything like me, registering for classes can be quite a headache. Although we are far from the days of having to physically line up to enroll in courses, there is still a fair amount of frustration that goes into preparing for the next semester. Say, for instance, you're studying abroad and you have to set an alarm for 2:30 AM to register (this, of course, is from personal experience).

It seems unanimous - regardless of what school you go to, registering is stressful. Whether it be getting the right time slots, the right professor, or simply getting the classes you need to graduate on time, registration usually begins in some form of anxiety.

Before registration:

1. What are my requirements again?

It can be difficult to remember all of those general requirements and pre-recs. Especially when you're a liberal arts student, it seems that there is a never-ending pipeline of social sciences.

2. Who changed Schedulr, and why?

I need answers.

3. Does this count as a diversity?

Which diversity is which? 1, 2, or 3? How many diversities do I have? How many do I need? Of each? Ugh, dis too much.

4. What does "Philosophy of Women" actually mean?

I'm enrolled, so I guess tbd.

5. How many schedules should I make before I realize all of my classes are full?

Probably five for good measure, right? Just to know what it would be like to have an ideal lifestyle.

6. Oh, all of my classes are full!

*contemplates switching majors* I mean honestly, I'm still finding myself! Who needs a "track" when their twenty?! (I do. I need the track. Give me my classes.)

7. I should make a schedule with horrible timing and random electives.

It's random, fun, and generally ridiculous. And yet, the reality.

During Registration:

8. I hope my PIN works.

9. I hope my PIN works.

10. I hope my PIN works.

11. Why the hell is my PIN not working.

*anxiety sets in*

12. *On screen that reroutes to emergency contact information* So this is definitely not where I need to be.

It's always a good reminder to know you have your emergency contact information down. Just not at 2:32 AM when you're trying to register for Rhetoric of Social Justice.

13. All of my classes are gonna be gone.

It's nice to think about taking an additional semester to finish your major requirements. Oh wait, nope. That's terrifying.

14. *Registers* Wait, not all of my classes are gone!

There is hope! A timely graduation! Good electives! Nice professors!

After Registration

15. A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders

The stress of scheduling takes it's toll, but man does it feel good to have it done.

16. Well, I hope my classes are close!

17. Realizing I have to walk from Bartley to Garey... not ideal.

Gonna get those steps in though #fitbitchallenge.

18. Who's in my classes? Any friends?

19. Ah, no friends!

20. Time to make new ones!

Every class at Villanova has at least produced one solid friend. This is something I always look forward to.

So, let's be thankful registration is over and that we can move onto bigger and better things! Namely, Thanksgiving. Then partially, Finals.

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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Saying "No" Is OK

It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

However, there is a part two to this no phenomenon. Continuing with my example, I now have two open hours in my week. The overachiever in me would try to find something to fill it. Maybe another club or activity. Maybe more hours at work or a place to volunteer. And while none of these are bad things to do or have in your life, you are just replacing a time taker with another. When you say no, mean it and don't fill it.

This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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