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Peer Adviser Post: Spring Registration Advice

Peer Adviser Post: Spring Registration Advice
By Amanda Suárez, CC '14

It feels incredible to believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away—and with the holidays looming ahead, Columbia students now have to face not only typing up paper outlines and buying presents for family members, but also the perennial question: what classes am I going to take next semester?

I know that I myself am not 100% sure what classes I will be taking, so don’t panic if you haven’t had time to sit down and scroll through the course bulletin yet, you still have some time to figure things out! Here are a few tips to consider before you log into SSOL this week to register for spring classes:

  1. Take some time in between classes to sit with a notebook in Riverside Park or at a favorite café and reflect on this semester. What worked for you and what didn’t? What classes are you really excited about that are being offered next semester?  Are there any fields you would like to explore that you haven’t had the chance to experience—like sociology or sustainable development? How many classes feel like a manageable load for your health and wellness?
  2. Compile a tentative wish list of what classes you would love to take and a separate list of classes required for your major or the Core that you feel you’d like to complete this year, ranking them numerically. Also, check online on SSOL under “Degree Audit” to check on the status of your progress on the Core. Prioritize which classes you still need to fulfill the Core requirements and write out separately those that you have already completed so that you can get a better idea of where you stand.
  3. Log onto your major/concentration’s department web site and print out a major/concentration planning form, just to make sure you haven’t missed a required class and are on track. Go ahead and fill it out and see if any classes you haven’t taken yet are being offered this semester.
  4. Write out a tentative schedule of how you would like to balance your time this spring—perhaps all early morning classes and no class on Fridays or instead, maybe late afternoon/evening classes every day? Think about this semester’s class schedule and its impact on your time management, hours of sleep, and overall happiness, and how you would like to learn from that in organizing your time next semester.
  5. Finally, create a word document with all the course numbers/section numbers of each class so that you can easily copy and paste them from there when your registration time starts to get a speedy head start.

Best of luck this week and feel free to reach out to your CSA Peer Advisers with any additional registration questions!

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