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Class Registration

Published September 8, 2014 11:21 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
 Last week got away from me before I knew it.  I'm not sure if it was because it had a Monday holiday in it or if it was because it was an exceptionally busy work week combined with my second research paper being due for my summer college English course.  Speaking of which, I can't believe I'm already more than half way through the class.  Time has flown.  I will start my full course load in October.  Last week was even when registration started for the first quarter of classes.

I will admit that I was a bit nervous about registering for classes.  It is all done on-line and I know from when my son goes to register for his classes at Uconn that classes can fill up fast.  As I am in the weekend program I was worried that I would not be able to get on-line in time to get the classes that I need.  Thankfully I did not have to worry.  I was able to get into all the classes I needed to with one exception.  I am scheduled to take a math/science class of my choice.  Sounds pretty easy, right?  Not quite.

I had checked through the school's courses offered and there are a couple science courses I thought would be interesting and useful.  One was "Environmental Science" and discussed how the changes and damages to the environment were affecting us and our children.  The other was "Genetics".  So I went on to register with high hopes only to find out neither one of these course were offered this quarter.  I could, however, take "Meteorology", "The History of Flight", or "Evolution of Mid-Eastern Science". Um, yeah, no thank you.

I'm not sure if it is just that I am older or that I'm paying a huge amount of money out of my own pocket for these classes that I just could not see taking anything that would not benefit me with adding to the knowledge I need for my degree/career.  I did find a class that was available and would fit into my schedule but wasn't required until quarter 3.  I went ahead and registered for it.  My thought was that I could take that now and then keep hoping to take one of the other two science classes I want to take in the next couple of quarters.  So I sort out the help of my advisor; who advised me to get permission from the Department Chair.  Off went the email finally last Friday and now I will just need to wait and see if they will allow me to deviate from the classes they are recommending for the quarters they are recommending.  (fingers crossed).

What are your thoughts on this?  Would you just go ahead and take a class that might be somewhat easy but not really fit into your degree or career path?  Would it bother you, as it does me, to pay out a couple thousand dollars for a class that doesn't "fit" just because you're required to take an elective in that area? 

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