10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Registering for Classes at UNC

A good schedule can make your semester relaxing and fun, but a bad schedule can literally ruin your life. For certain majors like Chemistry a tough schedule is inevitable but if you are someone who can afford a little bit more flexibility, I’d recommend following these guidelines. It can help your well being and your GPA.

  1. Taking several classes in a row without breaks. When I was a freshman, I took a 9am, an 10am and an 11am on Monday and Wednesday. It seemed like a good idea at the time because it allowed me to get all of my classes out of the way. However, getting up at 8 in the morning, attending a stressful Econ 101 lecture, then going to two more classes was brutal. I couldn’t even take a break to grab lunch or destress. I don’t mind having several classes throughout the day, but I need breaks; otherwise it’s difficult to focus.
  2. Pushing your limits too far. It’s possible to take all of your classes on Tuesday and Thursday, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that, unless you want a really stressful day. I had a friend who took classes at 8am-9:15am; 9:30am-10:45am; 11:00am-12:30pm; 2:00pm-3:15pm; and 3:30pm-4:45pm. By the time she got to the last class she was tired and couldn’t focus. She ended up dropping her 3:30 class. Four classes in one day is okay, if spaced out properly, but I think five is too much.
  3. Taking classes too early. Some people come in with the mindset, “I took 8 am’s throughout high school, so I can handle it in college!” Unless you are a morning person, I would avoid taking 8 ams as much as possible.
  4. Starting class too late. This isn’t something I would necessarily avoid, but it is something to be cautious of. When you start class at 11 and end at 3, you have the rest of your day to relax, finish up homework and talk to friends. However, if you start class at 1 or 2, it is easy to spend the entire morning sleeping and not get anything done. I sign up for reasonably early classes for this reason.
  5. Feeling like you have to double major. It mean seem like everyone at UNC has a second major but that doesn’t mean you have to have one. Double majoring just means you have to take more classes. If there are two things you are genuinely interested in, then add another major, but if not, that’s okay. The difference between taking four classes and taking five is huge. Just because everyone else is busy doesn’t mean you have to be.
  6. Signing up for a class with a SO. You would think this would be common sense, but I still see it happening. Worst case scenario: you break up and you have to see this person in class every day. Best case scenario: you don’t break up. But do you really want your boyfriend or girlfriend distracting you in class? College is an [expensive] opportunity, so don’t waste it.
  7. Not having enough course diversity. You may absolutely love writing, or history might be your thing, but when you are slamming your fingers against the keyboard trying to finish your 4th essay for the week, you will hate all that you once loved. Try to pick classes that are different enough lest you get overwhelmed with the same type of work.
  8. Being afraid to play around with your schedule. Some classes can accommodate more students than what is listed on ConnectCarolina. So if there is a class you want to take, don’t be afraid to show up on the first day of class. Don’t assume you can’t get in just because you’re not on the waitlist.
  9. Assuming ANY class at UNC is easy. It’s time to sign up for classes, and you see titles such as Intro to Rock or Intro to Graphic Design. You think, “hey that sounds easy.” You sign up for the class, and shock — it’s really difficult. Perhaps even more difficult than your major courses. While easy classes exist at UNC, the are not self contained in the humanities or fine arts departments. So do some research if you want to find a genuinely easy A.
  10. Not Doing Enough Research. Academic advising is good for determining how many credits you have left, which Gen Ed’s you need to take, and what classes you need to finish your degree. However, most of them don’t know anything about individual classes or professors. If you can’t find your professor on Blinkness try to find students who have taken the class with the professor. A bad professor can make a fun class unbearable.


Author: Kristi

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