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Alice Yang
Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
Alice Yang is a student at Columbia University. She can be reached at gy2151@ Columbia.edu.
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Registration Frustration


Class registration is an art. There are so many details that goes into picking and choosing the right professors, planning out the perfect schedule, fighting to get into that popular class, and doing it all online.

Step one: plan out your ideal schedule.

Step two: accepting the fact that you will never get your ideal schedule. Really, with thousands of kids registering on exactly the same day, the possibility of getting into all of your favorite classes at your favorite times is zero to none.

Step three: thus, start making at least five alternative schedules. Research online for different times and dates of classes and rack your brains out trying to fit them all into the weekday slots. No time for lunch on Mondays 12-2? No problem, at least you got into that seminar course. Also, it's imperative to check your school's underground professor review. Trust the hundreds of down-cold bashings of a certain prof done by angry failing students and make sure to contribute to the digital freedom of speech after the course is done.

Step four: Time to log in and vie for class entry one gigabite at a time. Make sure to glue your fingers to the keyboard and mouse, because right when the second hand of the clock clicks to twelve, thousands of other students will be flooding the system as well. A system crash? Unlikely. Very slow connection? You bet. Yes, it's that intense; you don't want to be the one watching passively, helplessly, as classes fill up with students right before your computer-screened eyes.

Step five: Dexterity with the fingers have never been as crucial as now. As classes fill up, scramble your tangled digits on the keyboard and roll that mouse like crazy trying to get into your alternatively scheduled classes. Those fill up quickly as well. First come first serve. The fast and the frantically flapping birds get the worm.

Step six: Finally, sit back and enjoy your new schedule. For now. Classes start tomorrow, and with it are overflowing lecture halls, unregistered students trying to get in, professors with strange accents and a one week period of changing your mind.

Step seven: if you do change your mind, go back to step one and do it all over again.

Alice Yang is a student at Columbia University.
She can be reached at gy2151@ Columbia.edu.

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