“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state.
Waitlists: The college-level equivalent of an ankle-biting dog. All of your classes are chosen and in your shopping cart.
They’re perfectly spaced and on the perfect days. Then you go to enroll, and just like that, your dreams are shattered and replaced by the annoyance of, “This class is full. You have been placed on the waitlist, position number 4.”
I am currently on two waitlists. And that’s with Honor’s College registration times. So not to fret my little freshman! There are tactics to handling the dreaded waitlist.
First, if you’re above number ten on the list (maybe even all the way to number 12) you have a fairly decent chance of getting enrolled in the class. Some people in the class you are waitlisted for are waitlisted for classes they actually want. Basically, after the enrollment days are over it becomes a sort of shuffle to get everyone the classes they actually want.
Always keep yourself on the waitlist for a class. Do not get discouraged and drop it thinking you won’t get in. Plus, if you do get enrolled and then decide you don’t actually want to take it, you can always drop it then. I just recommend leaving the option open for yourself.
Second, always enroll yourself into the number of credits you actually want to take. Meaning, if you want to take 16 credits but you’re on a waitlist for two classes, find two open classes that meet your general requirements and enroll in them. This way if you don’t get the classes you want you have a back-up plan and you aren’t scrambling to find credits the first few days into the semester.
Third, go to the classes you are waitlisted for the first week of school. Professors can (and will) drop people who don’t show up the first day. When they do that, most of the time they ask the people who are on the waitlist and came to class.
I promise, as annoying as they are, waitlists are not the end of the world. More like something we all just have to get used to during our college careers. Consider it a lesson in patience, after all we’re never going to always get our way.