You’ll soon learn that registration at Trinity represents a rather (melo)dramatic phase of each semester. Complaints of “ruined” schedules and early classes fill the air, as does a shared resentment of TigerPAWS, the website at which this dreaded event occurs. In reality, registration is not nearly as bad as it’s made out to be, particularly if you pay attention to these tips:
Email professors. If a class you want is closed or you’re placed on the waitlist, email the professor and explain your situation. It may seem a little weird at first, but professors are more than used to it. At best, you’ll be added to the roster. At worst, you’ll establish your interest and improve your chances for next semester.
Check class reading lists. During Add/Drop, Trinity’s online bookstore has reading lists available for each class. If you’re having trouble picking between courses, why not choose the one with the most interesting (or fewest, if that sounds more appealing) books to read?
Register for more classes than you plan on taking. I’ll admit that this one is sort of obnoxious when there are people on the waitlist for your classes, but an extra class gives you a built-in escape route during Add/Drop. It can really come in handy, especially when classes you thought you wanted prove to be less appealing than expected.
Use ratemyprofessors.com. Obviously you should take what you read with a grain of salt, but there are some genuine insights to be found on this site. Professors’ “ratings” probably shouldn’t significantly impact your decision to enroll in a course, but they can be useful if you’re deciding between classes or if multiple professors are teaching a course you want.
Matt Kafoury is the web editor of the Trinitonian. He is a senior communication major from St. Louis, Mo.