Aside from sabotage, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you get into all the courses you want— or desperately need.
- Plan for the future
The last thing you want to think about in your first year is your final year, but planning ahead reduces the course enrolment panic. It also prevents you from taking more courses than you can handle — which induces more stress than necessary.
Plan backwards. Take note of the courses you want and need to take in your fourth year, and work down. What prerequisites do you need? What distribution credits do you need? Take those and the rest will work itself out.
Also, Degree Explorer is your friend. Don’t take more courses than you have to.
- Explore your options
Educate yourself on current course offerings by using the timetable planner. The planner shows all the courses offered in the fall, winter, and summer sessions, so you can map out your schedule and avoid any conflicts. There’s nothing worse than having two courses you want to take overlap with other.
- Always have a ‘plan B’
Popular and mandatory courses fill up quickly. Try to get into those first, but if they’re full make sure you have backups ready. Pick courses that fulfil some kind of requirement, or self-satisfaction, so that it isn’t a waste of time.
- Add courses to your enrolment cart early
ACORN graciously offers students the ability to add courses before the enrolment time. Add all your courses beforehand and just click “enrol” once it is your start time. No more scrambling to remember the course code. It’s almost as therapeutic as online shopping.
Just make sure you have that timetable handy, so that you don’t add your alternative courses first.
- Set your alarm
If you have everything in your enrolment cart, wake up 15 minutes before. You won’t have access to ACORN until your start time, so don’t waste precious sleeping time.
- Be a fourth-year
This probably sounds like the least helpful item on the list if you are entering your first year, but trust me, if you can just find a time machine and skip ahead about three years, it will be so much easier. Since your fourth year is usually the final year of your undergraduate life, you’re given priority by the registrar— you get to choose your courses first.
However, if you don’t have access to a time machine, there is still hope: the waiting list. You just need to be in the top 10 per cent and you’ll probably get in. Just attend the lectures and pray that everyone before you drops out.