If you’ve been reading the course catalog at your college, reviews online about a particular class, and other information, you might be hot to enter a class that’s currently blocked to you. That’s okay — there are plenty of classes to take. But if your heart is screaming for a chance to be in a class, you might want to see if there’s any way that you can get in there.
There are a few ways to go about getting into your class. The first part is to have a chat with the professor. They usually know if anybody’s thinking about dropping the class, or they might have already had a conversation with someone that’s leaving the class. Letting them know that you are serious about a class may get them to help you. They may be able to ask for additional slots. Having the professor on your side can open other doors as well. If you’re serious about a certain professor’s class, they may be more likely to help you really process the course on another level. Confident students usually make better grades and go on to represent the entire college in a positive light. So the more work that you put into your connections, the more likely it is that you’ll succeed.
Right now, you might only be able to see how bad you want to get into the class. But have you considered possibly taking the class next semester? Generally speaking, you can get permission to take an extended course load if you’re really serious about your field. It never hurts to check into this, especially with so many people beginning to get skeptical about college. Anytime that you show enthusiasm and passion is definitely a good thing.
It’s common sense, but it still has to be said: there’s no sense in working so hard to take a class that you’re going to ultimately slack off in. Sure, there are things that come up every semester. Yet there are plenty of opportunities to stay focused in a class. Even when it seems boring. Even when you don’t like the professor. Even when your classmates are slacking off. Even when the class is being held too early. There’s never really a reason to goof off, when you really think about it. However, there are plenty of reasons to stay focused in a class that you requested. For starters, if you get off the waitlist, you’re locking that spot from someone that would have given the class their full attention. So if you don’t think that you’re going to be able to do that, you really need to avoid even putting your name on the waiting list.
You owe it to yourself to at least check into these things before you give up on a class entirely. Just because you can’t get into it now doesn’t mean you’ll never get into it. If you haven’t signed up for the official waitlist, then you definitely need to do that as well. There’s nothing more embarrassing than wanting to get into a class but failing to sign up for the official waitlist. You need to do more than just make a verbal inclination that you’re going to take the class. Signing up for the waitlist also helps the staff open more slots for that class in the future.