Savannah Mul – Opinions Editor –
Class registration will soon be upon us and yes, that means being awake and able to function properly at the ungodly hour of six in the morning. Why Southern designed class registration to be at that time is beyond me. My sister completed her undergraduate history degree at Central Connecticut State University and every time it came for her to register, it was always at 10:05 a.m.
But now I might understand Southern’s reasoning in making it at six in the morning; students have classes at scattered times all throughout the day, so making it that early is convenient for everyone, right? Well except the part of setting an alarm for 5:55 a.m. and of course making sure you put the right pin numbers in for the courses you want.
Computers are far away from being perfect—although Apple sure comes close to achieving that—and likewise, internet connections never seem to work correctly when needed. So the morning of registration comes with small delays; the page not loading correctly to not loading at all is not uncommon.
The only year registration went smoothly for me was freshman year, and that was solely from all they horror stories I heard about not being able to connect to BannerWeb. I wanted to make sure I got all the classes I wanted so I set an alarm for 5:45 a.m. and kept refreshing the page till it was 6:01 a.m., I was able to punch in my pin numbers and by 6:05 a.m., I was done.
I got to campus for my morning 8:10 class and half of the students weren’t there. They emailed the professor explaining to him how they were still trying to connect online into BannerWeb. The Internet crashes when we need it the most.
But this is expected. Too many people are trying to access the same site, and since there are so many students trying to get on—it crashes.
Being underclassmen, the freshmen and sophomores get last pick of what is offered. This was always annoying, and is still annoying for the underclassmen who know what they want to pursue; but can’t because the classes fill up from just senior registration. A good tip is to always keep checking what classes are still available and if any filled up, then adjust your schedule accordingly. It’ll save you the anger and frustration in doing it then, at 6:01 a.m., when you might still be without your coffee.
Don’t do what I did last year where I completely forgot the day I was supposed to register on. I then registered around noon of that day and some of the classes I needed were full. Don’t make the same mistake and mark your calendars with the following dates:
For seniors, web registration will begin on Nov. 6, juniors Nov. 12, sophomores Nov. 14 and freshmen will get the last pick of classes on Nov. 19.
Good luck loading BannerWeb and happy registering!