Class Registration Tips

By Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19) and Robert Godkin (ChE ’18)

With spring semester approaching, The Pioneer asked upperclassmen for tips about class registration.

“Know your math professors, and pick your HSS professors wisely. As a MechE, there’s not much you have to pick in your first year, but it’s important to fulfill all of the basic requirements.”
– Andy Tong (ME ‘18)

“Don’t rush with your EE classes. Maybe hold back on Programming Languages, or skip it, and take Data Structures & Algorithms instead. Obviously, DLD comes first, but once you have taken that, you can really look at all your options.”  – Tom Koch (EE ‘18)

“Register with your section and make life easier for everyone.” – Dan Fagan (CE ‘16)

“In the succinct words of Cataldo: ‘Do it now.’ Registration is literally staring at your computer for 20 powerless minutes as the page refreshes to see if your future is doomed. At this point for us (juniors) there aren’t many classes that’ll fill too quickly anymore that we particularly want except for that humanities class about food with an infinite wait list.” – Jean-D Bonnet (CE ‘17)

“As a ChemE, try to take Professor Topper’s Physical Principles of Chemistry, but if you can’t it’s not the end of the world. Taking the more rigorous math classes will help you in your ChemE classes later.” – Daniel Galperin (ChE ‘18)

“It depends on how much time you may think you’ll have. If you’ve already taken DLD, get ahead on the required classes, so Computer Architecture for example. Try to figure out your EE track earlier on.”
– Denis Shishkov (EE ‘17)

“For MechEs, look ahead at the undergrad track. There’s many class options, and it’s important to understand vectors and forces to the highest level to help you later on. Working on your own project is really fun too even if it has nothing to do with school work. In general, the MechE curriculum focuses on designs, so it’s important to work on your project and presentation skills often.” – Arven Rulona, Troy Singletary (ME ‘16)

“Don’t jump the gun and take too many classes even after your first semester. If you’re interested in bio, take a bio elective—if not, don’t take a bio elective. There’s management electives, too, but remember to focus on your core classes first. There’s always time to take electives, but if you don’t build a solid foundation now, it might be too late later.” – Chris Panebianco (ChE ‘16)

“It’s honestly a doozy. There’s a pretty diverse selection [of classes], none that necessarily should be taken, but professor style and approach are really important in selection. Since a lot of classes, even those titled under a particular genre or art making, are essentially open studios, it’s pretty focused on what student want to see in class as far as critique style, class dynamic, class structure, etc. There’s also a lot of technique–based classes that focus on particular skills.” – Emily Adamo (Art ‘17)

“It’s worth it. The architecture school likes to pose itself as something indescribably intimidating and hard, which it is. But the teachers, professors, and mentors here are supportive and know what they’re doing, knowing the ideals of what ‘education’ should be. The things you learn here far out-weigh the mental and physical strain that come with our study. Pretty much, you’ll have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows here, but you’re not alone.” – Arnauld Sylvain (Arch ‘19)

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