In general, CTOPS is pretty simple—meet some new friends, fill out some paperwork, etc. And then there’s registering for classes. I remember how lost I was when I had to register for the first time, so here are some pointers for all you incoming first years:

1. Don’t expect to get every class you want. Unfortunately, you are in fact first years, and you are also the last class to register for Fall ’08. This means you may be stuck with an 8 a.m. Spanish class and a math class that you detest, but just remember: next year you get to register before a whole new class.

2. Make a LONG list of classes you may want to take. You don’t want to be desperately searching for classes at the last minute just to get your required 12 hours.

3. If you’re not so sure about what you’ve picked out, remember that there is a drop/add period before classes actually begin.

4. Take a first year seminar—the workloads are generally not bad, and the classes themselves are usually very interesting.

5. Don’t be afraid of registering for a class just because you heard it was hard. A lot of times people exaggerate and certain classes pick up bad reputations. If a class looks interesting to you, don’t shy away from it because you heard it requires writing a few papers; it is better to be interested in what you are learning than bored to tears.

Good luck!

By Rachel Scall