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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

​Refresh the page, click the link, go to winter 2014-15, and repeat! Sound familiar? Well if you're like me, you have probably been stressing over enrolling for classes in the winter quarter. Yes, the course cart becomes available weeks in advance to the enrollment date, but many of the classes have yet to be listed and many more have yet to even have a professor assigned to them. In fact even up until the night before my enrollment day, all but one of my targeted courses had a “TBA” in the room column and a “STAFF” notice for the professor column. This, as you can probably figure, was nerve wrecking for me leading me to stress over my classes. Now I am enrolled for my first choices for winter quarter, and I can look back at my “method” of course stalking and laugh. 

So what's my method? Well I am glad you asked, it's very simple you see:

1.) Attack - Course Cart becomes available and within the first few days I must look at the courses listed for the quarter and pick the dream schedule, which since most classes do not have professor names or rooms, usually depends on times.

2.) Search – Keep an eye for emails from professors and departments that might tell you of a class you had not seen online. If interested refer to step 1 and attack it. 

3.) Hawk – Keep checking your course cart as much as you check your MySpace, wait, I meant Facebook. That's right, you have to be addicted to the point where it is just second nature to check your course cart every single day until you see information containing the professor or the location. 

4.) CIA – So now it's been a good amount of time and the professors are finally listed with their corresponding course. So you can relax right? Wrong!
Go to:​ and do your homework on the listed professor. I like to think of it as a background check to make sure I'm getting the right teacher for me. 

5.) A to B – So you found out your professor is a 1.2 out of 5, but it's okay because in A to B you make a backup list of courses you're interested in just in case something goes wrong with your first plan. 

6.) Tick – Tock – Everything is good now all your courses are in your cart, you CIAed your professors, and all you have to do is wait until your enrollment time. False, you should wait until 5 minutes before your enrollment time and refer to the “refresh, click link, go to quarter” method I mentioned earlier in order to make sure that none of the course you want get closed. In that case, please refer to step 5. 

7.) Now you have all your courses done and you are enrolled. The last step is very simple, write a blog about it and be prepared for all the “thank yous” you will receive for helping everyone out. 

Thank you for reading my blog today! I hope my advice helps you in your endeavors to get your courses. 

As always stay classy, stay awesome, and for enrollment week, may the odds be ever in your favor.