Spring quarter will be the last of its kind as the campus prepares for next year’s semester conversion.

However, the transition seems to be going smoothly for students so far.

Most students have already registered for spring courses, and some of them have found that creating their class schedule for the final quarter was not too difficult.

According to first-year Spanish student Elisa Martinez, registering for classes in light of the semester conversion was a simple process since she is a freshman, but some other students may not be so lucky.

“As a first year, I’m not really worried about it because I’m just starting,” she said. “But the juniors and the ones that are going to graduate…its going to be harder for them.”

The Bronco Student Center was unsurprisingly busy during the Spring ’18 registration period, as it received many calls and emails from students asking about their registration and how they should tailor their class schedule to the upcoming semester conversion.

According to communication specialist Zoe Lance, the biggest issue she saw with students coming into the center was misinformation spread from other students about the semester conversion.

“We say ‘friends don’t let friends advise’,” she said.

“Talk to someone who is a professional, who knows the curriculum.”

Although the Advising Center cannot help students choose the specific courses they need for their major, it does offer them a number of tools to help them through the process under the Semester Conversion Toolbox.  

The Bronco Advising Center and Registrar’s Office are located in the CLA building. (Tevin Voong | The Poly Post)

Lance stated the most important thing students should do in preparation for the new school year is to plan with their advisors.

“We have such a strong team of people all across campus who are working really hard to make sure that this transition is as smooth and easy as possible,” she said.

Some of the changes students can expect next year are the term length and the academic year calendar.

The semester term length will be 15 weeks, while the academic year will begin in August and end in May.

However, the recommended unit load for students will remain the same at 15 units per semester.

Although registration for the spring quarter was an easy process for some students, some are still apprehension about the new change.

Second-year civil engineering student Josh Meza stated the quarter system is superior to the semester system for many reasons.

“It’s way easier [with the quarter system] to get done with everything and it’s a lot harder to slack off because you can’t mess up and really come back from it,” he said.

For more information concerning the semester conversion, students are urged to attend the Pizza with the Presidents on February 13, where President Soraya Coley, ASI President Farris Hamza and Provost Sylvia Alva will visit every college to answers questions about the subject.

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