Second Time Around: Pre-Registration Is not Something to Fear


What is life really like as a transfer? Join me as I figure out the answer to this question! My name is Rachel Gross and this is my Second Time Around.

You are a new transfer student to Brown, attempting to assimilate as quickly as possible into this new environment. Your first semester is getting into the home stretch, and you feel accomplished for making it this far. Good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. And then welcome yourself into the world of pre-registration for the second semester. Hello again, CAB and Brown account friends. It’s me, Rachel, the transfer who didn’t really know how to do this the first time around. (Shout out to all the transfer counselors who baby stepped this process during first semester with all fall transfers!) So let’s talk about the joys and the horrors of pre-registration.

Maybe your last school had a quick and easy registration setup. You log onto the system. You put the classes in your cart. You hit register. Done. It’s easy and breezy. Well, at Brown, you need to be more on top of your game then that. Students are encouraged to look in Courses at Brown site ahead of the time to register in order to find the classes that most interest them. You read the options, place them in your cart, figure out tentatively what your shopping period will look like in the beginning of the semester, and are set for registration. At this point, it should be an easy process of logging onto your account at the appointed time and hitting the appropriate buttons to get the classes you want. I’ll give you a piece of advice… Wake up the minute registration starts and get them classes, boys and girls! I’ll give you another piece of advice… Have backup methods of logging onto your account at the right time. This calls for a story time from Rachel to all of you prospective transfer applicants.

Pre-registration just took place this past week for Spring 2017. Everyone was talking about the classes they wanted, the correct times to be on the site, and the alternative plans in case one class didn’t quite fit in their schedules. There I was, cart all filled a month ago and ready to hit that register button. But, of course, troubles arise. I was not able to properly sign on to the account until later in the registration day. What happens? Three of the English literature courses I wanted were already completely filled. Do I panic? Yes. Should I have panicked? No. Here’s why. Brown offers such a variety and number of different courses that students are always able to find different options. Shopping period is designed for students to try out as many options as they desire in order to find the best fit for them. Professors are always open to speaking to students about filled classes and steps to follow. This is not and should not be a panic inducing event. Everyone is here to help and everyone wants to help students succeed. Always remember that. The whole community at Brown is extremely supportive and encouraging. Need help registering? Reach out to a transfer counselor. Did not get into a class? Search for other options and email the professor. Help is there for those who go looking for it.

To whomever may be reading these articles and getting to know me. I promise I am usually on top of my game and not the biggest procrastinator. Life happens and technology fails, but you should never fear that schedules and courses won’t work out. Professors, staff, and other students are here to help you find the best class fit for you and make it happen. Even when pre-registration makes you want to cry. So no tears, hear me??

Thank you so much for reading! Questions? Comments? Simple hello? Please feel free to email me at or leave a comment below.



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