Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depends primarily not on your effort, but on the professor and ze’s policy and how popular the class is. It is pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into hir class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?
Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at Registrar provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the office of Registrar, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).
If reading long articles is not your thing, scroll down to the bottom for a step-by-step guide.
For all you dancers/people interested in dance/people interested in dance who still want another course out there:
Professor Patricia Beaman is now offering her popular Ballet II course this semester (starting today!). The class meets T/R 4:30pm-6:00pm.
Date: Every Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Acclaimed folk singer and generally exemplary alum Dar Williams ’89 is teaching a CSPL course this semester. Drop/Add started today. So why is WesMaps reporting 22 out of 25 seats available? Are you all too busy trying to get your NSM credits in? Waiting for Le1f to show up and teach a dance course?
Professor Rob Rosenthal, whose book appears prominently on the course syllabus, tipped us off to this mystery, describing the course as “the best-kept secret in Wesleyan history.” (Rosenthal has apparently never stayed awake at night wondering who broke the Clark elevator in 2009.) Rose Agger ’10, a slightly less famous alum, is equally baffled by the open slots. Agger sent us a pitch for Williams’ course, which is apparently endorsed by a Maryland State Senator:
Struggling to figure out how Drop/Add works? Need advice on what major(s) to choose? Want to talk with someone who’s “been there, done that” way more recently than your academic advisor or teachers?
Then contact one of the Peer Advisors! They are here to help you with your academic trials and tribulations and guide you in whatever direction you need.
You can meet with any of them during their Drop/Add office hours, or shoot them an email at peeradvisors_at_wes. Also, check out their blog.
As they say, “successful students ask for help!” (Seriously though.)
Drop-Add begins tomorrow [September 8] at 8:30 am. Be prepared!
Want some tips on how to get the classes you want and navigate the process as painlessly as possible? Check out the WSA’s intro to academics at Wes.