By Chelsea Mazer
Winter quarter is only a few weeks away, which means that registration has begun.
Students are busy at work in the middle of fall quarter, but many are already preparing for the upcoming academic term.
“I cannot believe that we are already halfway through the quarter,” third-year apparel, merchandising and management student Katherine Leonard said.
“Having to work on my plans for the next quarter is a bit stressful, but I would rather be prepared than go into registration without any idea of what I need or want to take.”
Many Cal Poly Pomona students are concerned about the upcoming semester conversion and what it will do to their course of action for their academics in the remainder of the school year.
With course curriculum having the potential to change, the pressure to take as many units as possible is on to avoid conflict or overlap once the conversion has been made.
“One thing I’ve learned in the past few years here [at Cal Poly Pomona] is to be mindful of the series in my degree curriculum, so I don’t end up having to re-take those courses next year,” Kate Finley, a third-year hospitality student, said. “Since my degree has a lot of laboratory courses with hands-on work, I want to make sure that I have the time I need to take these classes in order and also spread them out, so I’m not overwhelmed.
First year students aren’t necessarily as worried as upperclassmen because they have just started their time at CPP and will be able to adjust easier with the length of time they have left at the university.
First and second year students also have the luxury of being able to focus on their general education classes before the conversion, and then they can move into their core classes once the curriculum is finalized in their departments.
“I was pretty worried about the semester conversion when I first applied to CPP, but I don’t think it will be as complicated as everyone else says,” first-year chemistry student Matt Richards said.
“Maybe the semester conversion will be a good thing for us [underclassmen] because we won’t have to worry as much about what we have and haven’t taken yet since it’ll be adjusted and given to us anyways.”
Students with priority registration got to enroll in their courses last week, and general registration began for upperclassmen and graduating seniors yesterday.
For those students who have yet to pick their classes, here are a few suggestions and tips:
Try to take more than the minimum amount of units to be a full-time student. The more you take now, the less you’ll have to worry about later.
If possible, take a class with a friend. Not only will you be more motivated to go to class, but you’ll also have a built in study partner for homework and exams.
Don’t try to take something you’re not ready for. If you are an underclassman, don’t try to enroll in an upper division course.
Remember to take time for yourself! While school is very important and that is why you’re here, your mental, physical and emotional health are just as important.
Valerie Mancia / The Poly Post
The registration period for the upcoming quarter ends on Nov. 17
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