Class registration is here and is leaving many of us feeling just like this:

Johnny-Depp-panicsYou hear everyone’s enrollment appointment times and it leaves you anxious. All the classes you need are either before 11am or after 5pm and it feels like every single professor on Rate My Professor has less than a 2.5. You are stock-piling your shopping cart and hoping that at least five of them survive the “Blue-Box Epidemic” (You know what I’m talking about).

It’s no secret that class registration season is one of the most stressful times of the year but relax. Here are a few things to keep in mind this week and next week.

  1. Meet with your academic advisor if you have any concerns. They are there for you to help map out your academic career if you need help. Check to make sure that you are on track and are taking the classes you need to be taking. Keep in mind that you are not your advisers only student and that this time of year is very busy for them. Make an appointment ahead of time to make sure they can meet with you.
  2. Make sure you don’t have any holds on your account. You don’t want to log into your account 2 minutes before your appointment begins and find out that you can’t enroll in classes because you have a hold. You can find your holds in the Student Center on MyMadison. Up til 6:45 to Register for classes at 7; FALSE YOU HAVE A HOLD
  3. Lay out a possible schedule and have several back up classes. Having back up classes are essential because, as we all know, they fill up fast. Avoid getting stressed out during your appointment by being prepared.
  4. Make sure you can get to all your classes in time. JMU is a very large campus, so you need to consider the location of your classes ahead of time. Luckily, there are many buses that run through campus and JMU has made a map that can help you visualize and see if you can walk there in time.
  5. Lastly, don’t panic if you hate your schedule. Open enrollment starts November 12, and many people change around their classes. It may seem like a crazy market at this time, but you might find that that one class you needed has one seat left because someone dropped it. Just keep checking and you never know what opens up.

Regardless of what classes you sign up for, JMU has a fine collection of professors who make it their priority to help you. If you look on Rate My Professor, take everything with a grain of salt. You might find your favorite professor by accident because his/her class was the only one available!

Happy Class Registration and may the odds be ever in your favorFeel free to comment below your class registrations tips and tricks and if you have a interesting registration story, we want to hear that too!

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