A Troublesome Class Registration

By Lu


Register for class. Time is running out.

I finally managed to register for classes. Instead of the full load 18 credits hours I’d been hoping to take, my adviser told me to drop it to 14 credit hours. Apparently, the workload in this university is higher compared to other universities where the recommended preparation time is 3 hours outside study for each credit hour. Remorsefully, I took up upon her words and land myself in lighter course this semester, watching enviously as my friends trying to cope with 18 credit hours courses and an additional foreign language to boot.

I’m still in a dilemma as I managed to conjure up a nicely spread timetable with gaps of time in between for me to get across the campus to class in time. Yet, I saw a class which I’m interested in and registered for it, causing my timetable to screw up terribly. This class will definitely contribute to my core requirements and allows me to take higher level courses by next semester, but I will drop another class which interest me – Comparative politics and economics of South East Asia. I do have an interest to know the Western perspectives on the current Malaysian politics and the futures of SEA developing economics. I wonder whether the trade off I made is beneficially for me or not. Certainly, by changing to this newer timetable, I will be running across campus in order to attend classes in time.

I’d scheduled an appointment with my adviser next week to discuss about this dilemma, but a week of classes will have started by then. I hope I didn’t miss out too much by cramping up my timetable.

Another problem that I am dissatisfy with during registration is the time period it takes for me to register. I planned out nice schedule few months behind but can’t enroll in them since I haven’t met my adviser yet. The problem here is that, when I finally did meet my adviser after all the domestic students had their pick and other international students as well since I’m one of the last on the list, all my classes are already closed down by then. Dejectedly, I need to fix up a new timetable with different courses in a short space of time. I’m pretty upset because the feeling when watching one of my classes closed up half an hour before my registration time is exactly pleasant.

As one of the international student from China or Korea whom I talked too puts: “The international students pays the highest tuition fees but the university treats us like @#$%^.” I understand the prickly situation the university is having, but up to a certain degree, I do wished that we could at least have an earlier pick, comparable to the amount of money we are paying to the university.