Welcome back! We are so excited that you are beginning the semester again with us. Christmas break is a short one, but the campus seems so empty without students around. Now we are all gearing up for the start of a new semester.
I want to mention a few key scheduling issues that you need to be aware of. With WebAdvisor, you now have the opportunity to change your class schedule around before you come to campus. So if your schedule is not exactly as you want it to be, make sure that you make as many scheduling changes via WebAdvisor while you have the chance. This includes adding and dropping courses, or adding yourself to waitlists. It is so much easier to have your schedule set prior to the first day of classes.
If you added yourself to waitlists for classes, remember that this creates a list for your professors so they know in what order students tried to add the class. This does not guarantee you a spot in the class, nor are you automatically added off of the waitlist. Make sure that your schedule is acceptable (i.e. you have at least 12 units and the units are courses that work towards a general education area you have not met yet or potential major areas). Then try to make improvements to your schedule by adding yourself to waitlists.
If you are on a waitlist, you will need to attend the first class, maybe even the first few classes, to see if there is space available. Our classrooms can only hold so many students, so most faculty follow the “student out-student in” model. This means you will only be added to the class if there is another student who drops. That is why it is so important to come to the first day of class to see if you can snag one of the available seats. And, as always, go see your advisor during their office hours if you are having trouble finding acceptable classes.
My prayers for peace are with you as you dive into the first weeks of class!