The 8 Stages Of A Holy Cross Student During Enrollment

The 8 Stages Of A Holy Cross Student During Enrollment

Yes, it's the worst day of the semester.

Enrollment at Holy Cross usually ends up being the the most stressful day of the semester. Each semester the Dean sends out emailing just building up the entire enrollment process. If you're like me, you spend a good amount of time mapping out your perfect schedule and your perfect back up schedule. I always think enrollment will work out for me, and it never does. I have never gotten all four classes I have wanted, I know I'm only a freshmen and I haven't been through that many enrollments but I am thinking that my future enrollments probably won't go as planned either. I have no hope.

Enrollment also becomes particularly stressful when you find out the night before that you still have an enrollment hold on your account, even though you've had your advisor meeting. And then it doesn't get taken off until 15 minutes before you have to click the "enroll" button. Then when you finally get to click the button at 7:00 on the dot, your computer doesn't load and then you end up getting half the classes you want and then picking two random ones that you know nothing about just to fill the void. I think it's safe to say you can divide your thoughts about enrollment into stages, and I have provided witty gifs to illustrate them for you. You're welcome.

Stage 1: This stage happens a few weeks before the actual enrollment date, and this occurs when your Dean sends you a lovely four-page email about your future classes. Side effects of this stage include: minor break down about your future, nausea and maybe a few panic attacks. I like to call this the "OMFG I NEED TO PLAN MY FUTURE RIGHT NOW BEFORE I BECOME A FAILURE" stage.

Stage 2: This stage happens after you have planned your entire schedule and you're at peace with your life because you feel like everything is falling into place. This is the stage when you feel like everything is going to be okay. Side effects of this stage are minor, maybe a few moments of doubts but nothing too serious. I like to call this stage "The Calm Before the Storm."

Stage 3: This stage happens a few days before enrollment when you realize you forgot to put a ton of backups in your backpack, and now you have to frantically plan an entirely new schedule that will never be as good as the original. Side effects include: sadness when thinking about the possibility of having to use this schedule, panic and anxiety will begin to settle in when thinking about the inevitable. I like to call this stage "The FML Stage."

Stage 4: This stage occurs the night before when all you can think about is not getting into any of your classes and how your life will, therefore, be over and your future is dead. You also set 10 different alarms to wake yourself before 7:00 a.m. to make sure you don't miss it. Side effects: lack of sleep, bad dreams, and increased appetite. I like to call this stage the "Not So Calm Before the Storm" stage.

Stage 5: This stage occurs when you wake up on the morning enrollment and all you wanna do is go back to sleep. You don't want to face your STAR system and you don't just don't want enrollment to happen, and you start lowering your expectations for the outcome of this day at this point. Side effects: denial and exhaustion. I like to call this stage the "I Just Don't Want to Do This" stage.

Stage 6: This stage occurs when you're just sitting at your computer watching the clock. You're basically just a sitting duck at this point. Side effects: sweaty palms, restlessness, and the a slight urge to cry. I like to call this stage the "Sitting Duck."

Stage 7: Stage 7 only happens for some and this happens after the "enroll" button has been clicked, and you don't get any of your classes. Side effects: lots of crying, heaving and the occasional mental breakdown. This stage is called "The World Hates Me" stage.

Stage 8: "Acceptance". You decide not to care anymore and to ignore the fact that you have the worst schedule in the entire world.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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