Students express views on registration

By Sarah Rachfal

The process of registering for classes can be very stressful for students, even dreadful.

Trying to decide what classes to take, when to take them and wondering if a certain class will be available are nerve racking thoughts that do not appeal to many students.

Although Madonna students register for classes before each semester, not all universities practice the same policy.  Michigan State University and Oakland University are two of the few local colleges that open registration to students for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

“At least as a freshman, it would be really nice to take some anxiety out of your life and be able to schedule classes for the whole year,” said Patrick Lewis, an Eastern Michigan University student, a college that does not allow its students to register for multiple semesters at once.

Madonna student Kyle McGrath has experienced both ways to register and feels registering each semester is much better for students. He began his college career at Grand Valley State University and recalls only having one hour to register for both fall and winter semesters, which was a lot of presser. Midway through the school year when he attempted to switch classes around, he could not because classes had been full. 

“At Michigan State, we do both semesters at the same time, but they are always open to switch in or out of.  Classes do fill up very quickly though and overrides into classes can be very easy or very difficult to get depending on the teacher and the course,” said Michigan State student Kyle Pacynski.  “I have never been able to register one semester at a time, but I imagine it would be quite nice and it would definitely be beneficial to the students to schedule classes one semester at a time.”

Some of the main reasons why students were opposed to registering for multiple semesters were not only stress related, but they considered the possibility that if a class were to fill up and was not offered the following semester, could that student potentially get behind? What if the student needed a particular credit to graduate and could not take it the semester they needed?  Another common response was doing poorly or failing a course and getting into the same predicament.  All of the responses were possible scenarios that should be taken into account before deciding which option is better.

“A negative of registering for classes two semesters at a time is that it offers students less flexibility with their schedules and requires more time devoted to preparing classes,” said University of Michigan student Nick Troskey.  “On the upside, though, you get your schedule taken care of and out of the way, but if I had to choose I would stick with the way I currently schedule, one semester at a time.”

“I disliked the one time registration greatly. There are too many factors that go into what you will need to take in the fall and winter semester, and your decisions for the winter semester are usually based on how the fall semester goes,” said Angela Soyad, Oakland University student.  “Registering for two semesters took up unnecessary time and caused me stress.”

Regardless of the registration policy schools offer, students on each side of the equation face the same pressures to academically excel and take the courses they need to graduate.  Registration is the perfect example of ‘you can’t please everyone’, even though the schools keep trying.