Registration tips

Many thanks to all the lovely families who came out in the rain last night in Phili for our parent/family reception. It is always great to meet folks in the Daily Deacdom!

Registration begins the week of April 1st. Students will select up to 8 hours of fall ’19 classes that week in Round 1, and then will select the remaining classes a week later in Round 2.

Students have a wide range of resources to help them plan their classes: their lower division (aka pre-major) adviser or their major adviser, faculty or other adult mentors on campus, the Office of Academic Advising, and (to a lesser extent) their informal network of Wake friends.

As an adviser, my best professional advice is that things tend to work best for students if they use any of the above networks for advice, and not their parents or family members. This is not meant as a slight to any of our readers here. But the reality is that official advisers on campus are going to be able to provide the best advice to students about classes.

If your students come to you asking course registration advice, I’d encourage you to flip the script and redirect with questions: What has your adviser said about your course selections? Where on campus have you tried to talk about your course planning? Where might you go to find more information? Helping them become independent decision-makers is one of the best ways you can encourage your student’s growth and development.

And if your students have not asked you for your course registration advice, don’t offer it. It is important for them to find their own path – and learn along the way – and they will do that best when the class selections they make are their own.

 

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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