Inspired by a comparison I made to a comment on another blog I have decided to go into the gaming and all of the fun that The University of Michigan creates for us when it is time to backpack and register for our courses each semester!!
Well for starters, I am an extremely organized and by-the-schedule type of person which means this process drives me insane. Course guides for each semester come out during midterms so half of me only wants to look up my potential classes for the next semester, while the other half is holding me back from creating 8 different mock schedules. THEN the most fun part comes, you get your registration date, oh the competition has not even begun at this point. You ask around your group of friends who has what date trying to see where you fall, praying that you're at least 30 minutes before the person you ask in case you want the same classes or god forbid have the same major. The silent and unspoken sizing up and comparing between friends over how many credits you came into school with and how many AP classes someone else took. Then there's always that thought why do these students register before me when clearly I've taken harder classes, even if I took less credits. Oh the competition this all creates is just vicious and all of this right smack in the middle of midterms and mid semester projects.
Finally the kiss of death for anyone with anxiety like me ... those 20 minutes before you actually register. You slowly watch those hopeful green circles turn to yellow triangles and then deadly blue squares. You start to realize that your hopes of not starting class before 1pm are gone and that you will have that early morning Wednesday class and possibly even classes on Friday MORNING.
5 minutes left until you register and you call your parents, older sibling, or older friend on the verge of tears that now because of this you won't graduate on time or you're going to have to take extra classes during "football season" aka Fall semester. All of this during the time period when you're supposed to be focusing on this semester and studying for finals. What a game this is, looking forward to next semester, trying to "beat out" other people for classes, while still trying to have some sense of success on your finals in the semester you're currently in. By the time you finally register you then have to email at least 5 different professors the same generic email about how you're "so excited" for this class or how "you've only heard amazing things, and this class is a MUST TAKE." You and your hopefully future professor both know that nothing you really say in this email is true but you're hoping that you taking time out of your oh so busy day (aka you finally decided to get out of bed and take your laptop out of your backpack), will increase your chances of that ever wanted "override" email.
I'm sure that I'm not alone on this thought process, but anyone who thinks this emotional roller-coaster is fun I honestly respect you!