When one semester ends, it seems that another immediately takes its place — without a breather in between.
Salt Lake Community College offers a wide selection of classes to choose from, and enrollment can be stressful for the student that’s deciding between the right classes to take.
Registering for classes was one of the most stressful times of the year for me. It’s even better when it coincides with midterms or finals.
When enrollment season rolls around, I’m constantly checking for the specific time slots to enroll, what classes will be held in which semester, and what I can personally handle with other extracurriculars.
I won’t sugarcoat it. Registering for classes is rough for both new students and old. With the vast selection of SLCC classes a student can take, combined with the decision of whether taking a class is necessary, there seems to be no way out.
Luckily for me and all the students at SLCC, this institution has some of the most helpful and knowledgeable faculty.
Before I got lost to the whirlwind of “what classes do I need to take?” thoughts in my head, I decided to seek out an academic advisor. Depending on your area of study, there is an advisor for you.
There were moments where I was completely unable to stop by campus to get advising and even then, SLCC’s Online Advising saved my day.
Before rushing into an advising office, jot down the questions you need answering. I looked at my DegreeWorks to determine where I was in terms of getting my diploma. DegreeWorks comes especially useful when deciding which classes are going to be the most beneficial.
Incoming students can decide on classes depending on their intended area of study or if they decide they want to focus on general studies first.
After you decide the classes you want to attend, take some time planning them out as well. There are classes offered that are taught by more than one professor. For these classes, I looked up each professor until I found one that suited me.
In the stage of planning, you also need to decide if you’re a morning person. In my first year of college, I decided to take an early morning class. That was a big mistake. Now, I know to cruise with those noon and afternoon courses.
Also, instead of going crazy with building a schedule, consider the other elements you might want to add. Is there time to eat lunch or get a quick nap in? Getting through school might be the main goal, but exhausting yourself is not.
If you’re still stressed about this process of enrollment, please know that SLCC’s faculty has all the information you need to help you out. Think about what you want to do, and I hope enrollment goes smoothly for all of you.