This past week, I got to sit down with Tyler Lederer-Plaskett ’21, one of the founders of the new app OurCampus. OurCampus is a professor review app, and it’s out just in time for pre-registration! Gone are the days when we had to rely on ratemyprofessor.com or post in WesAdmits in order to get the lowdown on the best/worst/hottest/easiest professors at Wesleyan. I distinctly remember prefrosh-me trying to do pre-reg in the middle of July and having absolutely no idea who to ask about which professors and classes I should take. That uncertainty comes back full force every semester, and until now there wasn’t really a good way to deal with it aside from basically waiting it out til Drop/Add.
Read past the jump to get Tyler’s take on OurCampus!
I thought I was going to get work done tonight, but the pre-reg deities had other plans. Welcome to WesMaps 2017-2018, your new form of future-building, stress-inducing procrastination.
Truth be told, we don’t usually post about fall WesMaps until spring pre-reg, but since the new WesMaps link is already spreading like wildfire on social media, we thought we’d make an exception. Most of the courses aren’t even up yet, so we’ll hold off on our “best of” list, but here are some initial observations:
“Prereg? Already???” Yes, already. Buckle your seatbelts for the next 2+ weeks, because it’s time for course selection! Even though Wesleyan’s preregistration system got a much-needed update a couple years back (forever immortalized in my favorite Wesleying post), the process of picking out classes for next semester is same as it ever was: convoluted and stressful af.
If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically emailing your professors right now because all your required courses are highly-selective POIs (film major 4 lyfe). If, however, you have one or two free slots in your schedule and have no clue what to take – especially if you’re a frosh – then there’s plenty to choose from within the dark depths of Wesmaps. Here are some of our favorites, available in the spring:
It’s Pre-Reg time. Not sure which Econ courses to sign up for?
Stop by the Exley Lobby on Sunday (April 12) anytime between 2-5pm to clear up your concerns before Monday’s Pre-Reg deadline.
You’ll get to talk to older Econ majors who have been where you are, get some quality perspective on courses, and eat some tasty snacks while you chat!
Bring your friends – majors, minors, and non-majors are all welcome!
Date: Today! Sunday, April 12
Time: 2-5 PM
Place: Exley Lobby
Pre-reg starts this Monday, and if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t touch that shit with a ten-foot pole. For many Wesleyan students, myself not among them, course registration is a time of thoughtful reflection on academic challenges past and eager preparation for those still to come, none of which I will be performing ever again. As another spring semester draws to its bittersweet close, many of you have begun to think about the mark you want to leave on this university, setting goals I never achieved and making plans to earn a degree that will almost definitely not get me a job. There’s no telling what the future holds, but one thing’s for certain, and that’s my presence anywhere other than this campus.
The registrar recently announced the redesign of a course selection system I can say with utmost certainty I will never use again. It features a new planning page with separate categories for POI requests, courses ranked for scheduling, courses you’re somehow already registered in, and all the classes you would take if you had the guts to pursue your art instead of playing it safe with that Econ major. Students can rank courses in a single column rather than the utterly perplexing two-column setup which, let’s be honest, none of us knew how to use. POI courses no longer need to be ranked, a development that should come as a surprise to all the faculty advisors who never knew they did.
Confused about the new Pre-reg system? Go to one of these info sessions, courtesy of University registrar Paul Turenne:
We are pleased to announce that the online pre-registration system has been re-designed based on feedback from students, faculty and staff. The new system will debut when Fall 2015 April Pre-Registration opens at 8:30am on Monday, March 30.
Please join us at one of the following sessions, as we model the new system and answer questions.
- Wednesday, March 25 — Noon-1pm — Shanklin 107
- Wednesday, April 1 — 5pm-6:30pm — Usdan 110
- Thursday, April 2 — 4pm-5:30pm — Shanklin 107
We have a message to all the freshmen from your Peer Advisors!
This Tuesday at 7PM (aka tomorrow) in 41 Wyllys (aka “Squash Building” right by Usdan) Room 112, there will be an insightful First Year Focus event where you can ask all of your questions regarding the Pre-Reg process – which started today – and help you start thinking about the major declaration process (never too early!).
Speakers include: Dean of the Class of 2015 Noel Garrett, Professor Robert Lane of the Biology Dept., Professor Andrea Patalano of the Psych Dept, and numerous peer advisors.
Last, but certainly not least: there will be FREE MONDO PIZZA and a raffle where you can win Mondo gift cards!
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 7 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys
Remember that there’s still Pre-Reg Planning shit to do despite the blackout! That is to say, if you’re feeling cold and lonely, you can keep warm with the prospect of future classes like “BIOL252 – Cellular Neurobiology,” “RELI 379 – Christianity and Sexuality,” and “MUSC212 – South Indian Music – SOLKATTUUUUUUUUUUUU.”
Time to go back to Home Ave, to sextuple bundle up and sleep beneath my entire wardrobe’s worth of clothing.