As is the custom, my enrollment process began with looking up the courses for next year, trying to decide which to take, seeing if the times conflicted, all those sorts of lovely things. I don’t mind that part too much.
It’s kind of like a big academic puzzle of sorts.
When I completed the puzzle, I was concerned to find that all but one of my seventeen hours worth of classes is offered only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Class from 8:30 to 2:20? Bring it on, Mondays. The next day, I made my was across campus to see my engineering adviser.
Oh, did I mention that I have added a minor? That’s important in a second.
We sat down and he started telling me which classes he suggested. He said, “Oh, and you’re done with math now so that’ll free up space.” I said, “Aaaaactually, I’m going to minor in math now, so I should probably take linear algebra next semester.” This prompted a search through his shelves for the paperwork to add a minor. We also added my Spanish major while we were at it. I had to drop off the paperwork and was then free until my next appointment.
How many advisers does it take to advise Heidi Wallace?
Apparently four. Yes, FOUR. That’s one for CEAT, one for Honors, one for Spanish, and one for Mathematics. (In dropping off the paperwork I was assigned two more.) For crying out loud I don’t want to enroll for next Spring now.
My Honors adviser thinks I’ve lost my marbles.
She took one look at my potential schedule and about had a fit. I told her I can handle it and got quite the face in return. After a little coaxing she signed off on it. Success.
Let’s fast forward about a month…
It is now the night before I can enroll. I get online to write down call numbers and check to make sure all is well with the enrollment world. I hoped it would take about five minutes but…
“Silly Heidi, that is not even a remote possibility. Enrollment? Easy? You’re hilarious.” -my head
They had changed the times for the discussion in one of my honors classes. This messes up two things: First of all, I have to switch to another section, (which in turn messes up my beautiful puzzle) which also messes with the honors hours I need to stay active without contracts. Grrrrr… Then, 7am slowly crept forward and finally arrived.
Initiate “please, remind me why I abhor SIS” sequence.
Enrolling takes about 3 minutes. FALSE. Enrollment take about 20 minutes, countless error messages, typing in your call numbers 20+ times, emailing your adviser, yanking out copious amount of your hair, and then enrolling. I know I’m not alone in the ridiculousness. Why must IT tease us so?
All I can say is this: Fall 2012 better make this well worth my while.