8 Tips For Those Registering For Classes

8 Tips For Those Registering For Classes

Take your time and make sure you pick the classes you actually want.


It's that time of the semester already and I am struggling. Picking classes seem to be harder than actually taking the class which is very odd to me. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Even though this is the case, I thought of some tips that keep me on top of registration.

1. Visit an advisor.

This is probably the most important part of registering for classes. Even if you know what you're doing and don't feel like you need to go to an advisor for help, they are there to guide you through your college career. Whether it is a 10-minute session or an hour long, talking with your advisor will reassure you or make you think about different possibilities. I have had my four years planned out since I started college but I still go to my advisors every semester just to make sure I'm still on the right track.

2. Start looking at classes as soon as they open! 

You have a week between registering and enrolling but you should still start looking at classes as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you give yourself an ample amount of time to look through all of your options before choosing the best classes. There are so many options when it comes to taking classes and sometimes I wish I could take all of the classes available but that's never the case. I start looking the day classes open because it takes me forever to decide on which classes to actually take.

3. Look at the description of each class.

Some classes may seem like they're super interesting but after reading over the description, you'll realize that the class isn't exactly what it seems. Be careful when just simply looking at the title of a class because it might lead you astray. If the description of the class doesn't give you enough information, you can try to find a Facebook page for your school and ask if anyone has taken the class. Learning about a class from someone who has taken it is quite helpful because they'll be straight forward and tell you the truth.

4. Look at 'Rate My Professor'.

You won't be able to find some professors on this site but more often than not, there will be a few ratings for you to look through. Everyone is different and some people find some classes harder than others but the ratings can be pretty helpful when you're deciding whether or not to take a class with a certain professor. You do not want to end up with a crappy professor. Facebook pages are also helpful with this.

5. Make sure you're hitting all of your requirements. 

When picking classes, you have to worry about the liberal studies first and then any prerequisites you need for your classes within your major. It's easier to knock out the prereqs and school requirements early on rather than putting them off until the last minute. It also gives you a chance to breathe a bit and wean into the college lifestyle rather than jumping right in. Liberal studies and prereqs can be pretty boring but they can also be super interesting and simple as they prepare you for the harder ones within your major.

6. Have time to breathe in between classes. 

Stacking classes back to back is both a blessing and a curse. You might get done with your class day quickly but if you have multiple tests on one day, there won't be any study time in between. Plus, having to speed-walk across campus to get from one class to the next on time is a struggle. Having some time is okay but having a five-hour gap between classes also sucks because all you want to do is go home and nap instead of working on assignments.

7. Decide if you're going for morning classes or night classes. 

Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, you need to decide which one you will be for the semester before you enroll in classes. If you schedule a class during a time that you wouldn't normally be awake, you most likely will not attend that class. Be true to yourself when you're picking your classes. I know that even though I can get up for work at 6 a.m., taking an 8 a.m. is a no-go.

8. Have backup classes. 

Depending on when you can enroll, the classes you want might not be available. It's rather unfortunate but you always want to have secondary classes just in case. Since criminology is my minor, I have to wait until everyone else has enrolled before I can enroll so I rely on my second picks and sometimes, my third picks.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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6 Things Marketing Majors Know To Be True

You might think marketing majors are just a bunch of creatives who don't know what they want to do with their lives, but you're wrong.


Yes, we're creative, and we also know what we want to do when we "grow up". Marketing is a practice that is so essential to the operation of every organization. Whether that organization is selling a product, or seeking support, marketing is just the tool to make that happen. I think a lot of times, the purpose of marketing is misunderstood, and many are misinformed about what it really is. As a marketing major, this can be a bit frustrating. People studying marketing are the future of many of these organizations. Here are just a few things that are true for many marketing majors.

1. *Watches a movie/TV show* "product placement...product placement...product. placement."

Once you've learned the concept of product placement, your experience while watching anything is changed forever. You'll begin to notice it every single time, while thinking to yourself, "you can't fool me".

2. You're constantly critiquing ads.

Once you've taken a class in advertising, you suddenly feel like you have all the answers to what makes a "good" advertisement. Whether this is true or not, we often find ourselves critiquing different advertisements we see, either out loud or just simply in our heads. For this reason, we really don't mind commercials all that much.

3. When you tell people your major they say: "so you just wanna sell people stuff?"

No. If you really want to annoy someone studying marketing, try asking them something along these lines. It's basically like asking an engineer if they just want to build stuff. There is a distinction between sales and marketing. Marketing is essential in generating sales, but it is not the same thing.

4. You roll your eyes at the fact that everyone thinks they can go into marketing.

A lot of people with degrees in who knows what often say: "I'll just get a job in marketing". With the large need for marketing professionals, there are many jobs available, but good marketing really does take training and education. It's the strategy that leads to the success of a good marketing campaign, so it is a little frustrating when people think marketing is so easy.

You don't understand why you need so much math.

Coming from Clemson, I had to take SO MUCH math. Everything from statistics, to marketing research (which makes sense), to accounting and finance. While this may not apply to those who want to go into the research side of things, us creatives are just perplexed by it. We don't feel the need to keep taking math related courses. Don't get me wrong, I do see the value in (some of) them now, but in the moment, I was miserable.

6. You're a creative.

A lot of people who desire to go into marketing are creative types who just want to apply that creativity to their future career. Creatives can be more than artists; we have the ability to contribute great things to organizations, and it is often through marketing that we can do so.

When you're a marketing major, there are just some things you become extremely aware of, and you start to see the world through a different lens. Say what you want about people studying marketing, but it is essential to all organizations, and not just anyone can do it.

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