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Staff Rants: Course Registration

We have no Staff Raves this week. Course registration is the worst.
Grace Halio

On Jumping Through Hoops

By Ethan Zack, Music Editor

Can someone please tell me why underclassmen have to make an appointment with their advisor before they can register for the next semester’s classes? It’s a pointless meeting based entirely on what-ifs. You waste nearly an hour discussing and green-lighting courses that will get completely filled up by upperclassmen before your own registration date ever comes, leaving you to cobble together a collection of less-than-ideal backups that never go through any sort of advisor vetting process anyway. On top of that, the add/drop period at the start of each semester promises even more course changes so it’s unlikely your final schedule will bear any resemblance to your original plan. Don’t force me to have a meeting about how theoretically great it would be to get into the classes I want. Let me struggle for a spot in my core classes in peace.

On Changing Things Up

By Mina Mohammadi, Deputy News Editor

When I logged in to Albert last week to find that my registration date was on Nov. 14th at 9 a.m., I was ecstatic. I thought this meant I would beat the other first-years and finally get to enroll in the classes I wanted to. My expectation — which I don’t believe was too much to ask for — was that my registration date would not change; that I could continue to be excited about spring registration and finally take the first step towards my intended Data Science major. But Albert never fails to surprise me. Just this morning as I logged in to Albert, I found that my registration date had changed: now, I’m registering for my courses on Nov. 15th at noon. Well, f-ck. Literally only one Data Science lecture is being offered next semester (ironically called Data Science for Everyone), and you better believe that my late registration date is NOT conducive to my chances of enrolling in this class. When I told my advisor, he suggested that if I truly “insisted” on taking a Data Science course next semester, I could take it at Tandon instead. I told him that I plan on studying abroad sophomore year.

On Getting Wait-Listed

By Melanie Pineda, Editor-at-Large

I have wanted to take one specific journalism elective course throughout my almost four years at NYU. Every semester, the class has invariably accumulated a long wait list by the time my registration time rolls around. Since this is my final year and seniors get registration priority, I figured it would be impossible to be wait-listed from this class for the SEVENTH TIME. But oh boy, was I wrong. Not only was there already a wait list — despite it being the first day of registration — but Albert also crashed on my laptop and made me log in 10 times before I could sign up for any classes at all. I’m definitely not going to miss NYU’s online servers screwing me over after I graduate.

On Getting Wait-Listed (Again)

By Mandie Montes, Deputy Copy Chief

I don’t really know how course registration works at NYU, since I transferred here this semester as a junior. But I do know that I was just wait-listed from a class I wanted to take — a class that would have counted as credit toward both my journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis majors. Which means if I don’t get the class, I have to spend more time here at NYU and subsequently accumulate more debt. I may not know a lot about Albert, but I know that higher education is truly a scam.

On “Return to Browse By Subject”

By Lauren Gruber, Deputy Culture Editor

Tuesday was a monumental day for me. I realized that while my browser’s back button does not work on the Albert public course search, there is a hidden “return to browse by subject” button on the top right hand corner when you click on an individual subject. But I have one question: why am I only learning about this now? For the past year and a half, I have had to reload the entire course search website to look at another subject, making searching for courses infinitely more annoying than it already is. For those of you also plagued by this idiotic website design flaw, your suffering is now slightly alleviated. Slightly.

On the Core Curriculum

By Alexandria Johnson, Deputy News Editor

Each semester, I’m never able to enroll in the core classes that I need. By the time I even reach Albert, every class in my shopping cart has that dreaded blue square and I wonder why. Even worse: when I go to the Course Search page, some classes still don’t have the name of the professor. It just says “Staff.” Who is Staff? Will Staff be a good professor? Professors determine whether a class is enjoyable, and if I can’t even check their name on Rate my Professors, I feel like I’m wasting my time. Lastly, when — by a stroke of luck — you do get a core class, why are the recitations always on Friday? Fridays should be time that I don’t have classes so I can chill with my friends, and now I have to spend that time with my TA instead. Hey, Core Curriculum: no one wants a Friday recitation, so stop scheduling them!

On Registering for Classes Abroad 

By Lisa Cochran, Deputy News Editor

If NYU is going to continue glorifying its international presence, the least it can do is convert its slotted registration periods to align with time zones abroad. The amount of mental gymnastics that it takes to determine when to click “enroll” in Italy when my registration period says 11:20 a.m. ET is ridiculous! To go even further, it seems like there’s a blatant disregard for the time it translates to, with some students having to register at 2 a.m.. As a rule, I prefer a sleep not haunted by visions of yellow triangles, and having to wake up at 2 a.m. just to be told that the writing professor I was ready to write into my will can’t take any more students! Appalling. Being abroad is supposed to be fun and chill and this minor inconvenience puts an espresso stain on the whole process. 

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Ethan Zack
Ethan Zack, Deputy Managing Editor
Ethan is a junior in CAS majoring in Journalism and History. When he's not stumbling through an endless stream of Zoom classes, he's doing fun and cool things like reading the Wikipedia plot summaries of horror movies because he's too scared to actually watch them or making yet another three-song playlist that he will literally never touch again, ever. He's most active on Twitter (@ethanzack), so feel free to reach out with any spicy takes.
Mina Mohammadi
Mina Mohammadi, Deputy News Editor
Mina Mohammadi is a Liberal Studies first-year intending to major in Journalism and Data Science. She is from Westchester County, but calls Iran home. When she's not writing, you can find her at Muji inhaling essential oils or playing ping pong in Third North’s basement. Follow her on Instagram @minamohammadim because she doesn’t vibe with Twitter.
Melanie Pineda
Melanie Pineda, Opinion Editor
Melanie Pineda is one of the Opinion Editors for WSN. She is a junior in CAS double majoring in Journalism and Latin American Studies. She enjoys going on long rampages about her dog because, well, he’s a good boy. Her hobbies include pretending to have it all together, discussing social justice issues and making obscure Vine (RIP) references. She is more often than not seen calling her mom about everything and anything and drinking absurd amounts of coffee. Follow her on Twitter @meiabean.
Mandie Montes
Mandie Montes, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Mandie Montes is a senior double majoring in Journalism and Latino Studies with a minor in French. Yes, that's a mouthful, so try not to ask her about it, ever. She really doesn't know what else to include in this bio and unfortunately because we're in a pandemic, you won't be able to bump into her on the streets of New York. Guess you’ll just have to follow her @mandiemontes on Twitter/Instagram to meet her ~virtually~ and see what she's up to.
Lauren Gruber
Lauren Gruber, Dining Editor
Lauren is a CAS sophomore studying Journalism and Psychology and WSN's resident sorority girl. A Boston native, she loves ice cream in the winter and the word 'wicked.' Lauren is a Brie cheese enthusiast and her hobbies include petting every dog she sees, rereading Gillian Flynn novels and watching cooking shows (specifically "Chopped" and "British Bake Off"). You can find her at The Bean while she pretends to study. Follow her on Instagram @laurenmgruber.
Alexandria Johnson
Alexandria Johnson, Editor-in-Chief
Alex is a senior double-majoring in Journalism and Public Policy. She is a New York native (representing Queens!), and she loves to talk about how songs have gotten shorter recently, trying to meet her celebrity crush (she'll never tell) and her passion for painting album covers. She's definitely NOT a professional artist, but it helps her pass the time. Follow her on IG and Twitter @a_johnson_2021.
Lisa Cochran
Lisa Cochran, News Editor
Lisa Cochran is a sophomore studying Journalism and the Politics concentration within GLS. She is originally from Ames, Iowa — which is more of a vague concept than a real geographical location. When she is not hunched over her or someone else’s WSN article at 2 a.m., she is probably reading literature about being sad, (wastefully) using Nespresso pods at a rate of 3 pods per hour, incessantly rating movies on LetterBoxd or absurdly overdressing for everyday occasions. She is super edgy... meaning she is always on edge. Follow her on Twitter for more shocking details @lisaacochran.
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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