It feels real now

It feels real now

Nov 4
Sara Tondini, Animal Sciences graduate student

I just registered for my last semester of classes as an undergrad at the University of Illinois. If senior year didn’t feel real before, it feels really real now! This being my 8th time registering I feel like I’m a bit of a pro when it comes to getting signed up for the right classes. I have tips/resources below that have helped me and might help you, if you haven’t registered yet.

DARS Audit – This is a wonderful document generated online, by the Office of the Registrar, in a matter of minutes. It gives you an up-to-date list of the classes you’ve taken, the classes you’re registered for, and the classes you need to take. It shows how many hours you’ve taken and has sub-categories for each general education requirement and requirements for your specific major and concentration. I always consult this before figuring out what my class schedule is going to look like next semester.

Advisor- Once you’ve compiled a list of the classes that you need to take, it can be hard to narrow it down. Your advisors know a lot of the material that is taught in the classes in you major, and they know the subject matter and how tough the coursework is. It’s a good idea to meet with your advisor so they can help you pick the right classes for your potential career path.

Location– This is a tip that I wish I had known my freshman year, and it is sometimes unavoidable but most classes tell you what building they will be in before you register. If you have classes that are completely across campus and you only have 10 minutes to get there, maybe pick a different elective or a later time slot. Managing coursework is stressful enough without sprinting to your mandatory discussion class every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Explore- The University requires you to take so many hours and if you take all your required classes you’ll probably still have some hours that need to be filled without any restrictions. This is time for you to explore areas that you’re interested in but might not align with your major. Hopefully you love the classes in your major but if you only take those course while you’re here you are hindering yourself the opportunity to broaden your horizons. I love science and I’m quick to learn science material, but when I took a foreign language course and world religion course I was forced to learn in a way that I wasn’t use to. It was fun and interesting and helped me grow as a student.

Good luck and happy registering! Before you know it, you’ll be finalizing the schedule for your senior year. Enjoy the ride!