By Sarah Eckrich
December 6, 2012
Some people go to school simply for the college experience, others go to get a degree in an attempt to make money after they’ve graduated, and some go out of a great passion for a particular topic. In my case, it is none of the above. I stay in school so that I can participate in the biannual class selection process.
Who couldn’t love it? You get to take time out of your already busy schedule to meet with your advisor and find out about all the classes and credits you need to get closer to that frivolous degree thing. You get to fight with the new myHaven system to figure out when you can register in the first place.
While you wait for R-Day, you peer at the course offerings, which sometimes do, but more often don’t seem to adequately fit the combination of what you need to fulfill degree requirements and a workable schedule for one semester. If you’re someone who commutes or someone like me who works a day job, you have the added luxury of trying to create a mostly/all M-W-F or all T-R schedule.
It’s exhilarating. Forget skydiving and bungee jumping—give me the rush of registration day. First, you find out that the schedule you’ve spent so much time creating for yourself is worthless in light of filled classes. You then frantically race to finagle something else before the time of your registration comes.
You sit at your computer and watch the last few minutes countdown. Once your designated time comes, you race to log-in, punch in course codes, and secure your spot in a number of classes you likely aren’t even interested in taking.
Here’s the real fun: the new platform for registration is more or less worthless. It doesn’t let you register until ten or fifteen minutes after your registration opens. The old system was still available if you wanted to be boring and get in on time, but who wants punctual registration after all the nonsense suffered to get this far? You wait, pull your hair, and swear at myHaven until it wakes up and remembers to open for you. Then, try to register.
But wait! If you don’t meet a prerequisite for a course, like a class, minimum credit, or major requirement, myHaven will greet you with a generic message in every case: you aren’t authorized to do that—offering no explanation. It’s like myHaven is putting you in the middle of your own detective show. It screws up your schedule, and you get to figure out why. At least the old system would explicitly tell what requirement you failed to meet, but who wants that?
The process is over now, and I cry myself to sleep waiting for spring registration. We won’t have the reliable old system then, just the myHaven platform.
Registration at LHU is so hard core that learning to master it should merit its own degree.
Sarah Eckrich is a sophomore majoring in English Writing with a minor in Environmental Studies. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.