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WesMaps 2017-2018 Is Live (Kind Of) (For the Most Part)

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:

Best of WesMaps: Spring 2017 Edition

“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:

Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

This is an updated repost of Merry‘s 2014 post.

frustrated student at computer

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is. It’s pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into their 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 the registrar’s office have 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 registrar’s office, 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).

Wesleyan Women in Science Presents: WesCourses!

wescwhteThis one requires an RSVP but has the potential of free food:

Whether you’re a freshman who wants the scoop about the cool profs, a sophomore trying to choose a mathy/sciencey major, a junior curious about journal club, or a senior with advice to share, Wescourses is for you! We’ll have ~in-the-know~ upperclassmen from many majors that will calm your pre-reg nerves and answer questions about how to navigate your major. There’s free lunch too! All genders welcome.

RSVP to msnow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you’re interested!

Date: Friday, November 6 — today!
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge
Facebook event

Spring Academic Fair

Screenshot 2015-04-06 09.02.07From Adam Macalister ’17:

Come chat with department representatives about anything and everything academic at the WSA’s FIRST EVER SPRING ACADEMIC FAIR! From noon-3 on Monday the 6th in Beckham Hall you will have the opportunity to ask all of those burning questions you’ve been holding in about courses for next year, majors, minors, certificates, administrative confusions etc. This is a great opportunity to get some insight from the inside and sort through your academic career. We will see you there!

Date: Monday, April 6
Time: 12-3 PM
Place: Beckham Hall