Yesterday was our enrollment and it was very disorganized… as usual.
As early as Sunday, I already had my partial schedule. Initially my class would start at 10:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm. There wasn\’t a break in between classes and I didn\’t want to bypass my lunch so I decided to move my Cisco class on early morning at 7:30 am then have my lunch break between 10:30 am to 12:00 noon to resume classes after. I didn\’t have my load on specialization yet. I just left it empty for the meantime because that was the case on our previous enrollment.
Some students had emailed the registrar in order to add the load to their current curriculum. I was not aware that the registrar actually does something responsible like this (since when???). Now, Tuesday evening and I emailed the registrar. I thought I was already late. Tomorrow would be our enrollment, so I was not hopeful at all that I would be able to add my load on Java, my specialization.
Now, Wednesday arrived and the enrollment was quite a rush in the beginning. I was just behind a few slots from my friends; I was surprised that the schedule on Saturday afternoon for Java was already filled up. There was a Friday morning schedule, but it conflicts my existing schedule on Cisco. Neither did I like the schedule on Saturday evening because it was too late! Therefore, I decided I would request to create a new section for Java.
A few moments later, I gathered some friends who didn\’t have a load or schedule on Java yet. It was clear that there were more than a dozen students who didn\’t have a schedule on Java. Hours passed and we hunted the Head of Java specialization in order to open a new section. There was very little chance to open a new section at a convenient schedule for all of us. Most probably the new section would conflict our schedules but in the end, the light of hope brightens as a new section on Monday evening was readied for reservation. That\’s more convenient since all of us have several classes ahead of it.
Ironically, the section would only be activated after 1 pm, so we were ordered to wait until 1 pm to get reservations and finalize our subject load. And so I waited, together with 2 other friends. Take note that these friends I stayed with during the break didn\’t eat lunch just to wait in front of the encoding center. I didn\’t eat, too, so that I would be able to gatecrash the encoding center first.
It was 1 o\’clock and the encoding center was already opened. The unfortunate events came next: Those who were scheduled on morning would not be entertained until those people scheduled on afternoon were done. Now, that was total BS! Last term, those people scheduled in the morning was prioritized before the students scheduled in afternoon. This term, the exact opposite happened. For instance, one of my friends who were scheduled on morning argued that he was summoned to come back after 1 pm, only to find out that he will be overtaken by people scheduled in the afternoon. It was really unfair because it was not his fault why he has not yet finalized his subject load.
Now, going back to my own problem — I was the one who initiated the new section, some people supported it, then in the end I was the one NOT benefiting from it! Come on, there\’s only a limited number of slots per section. Some students would be taking the newly opened slots on Monday nights already. My friends and I couldn\’t do anything because of the crappy security measures that was imposed. These guards were only dogs, doing only what was told by their master. Geez, I\’m nearly at wits\’ end.
Most of us who were scheduled on morning enrollment were all frustrated. Who wouldn\’t? I tried to keep calm… but who cares? No one seems to care — even the registrars and administrators. They are just following orders and policies, and they never considered my effort to create that new section for Java. I was thankful that the Head of Java specialization sympathized on our situation and he excused the 3 of us to get into the encoding center, bypassing the imposed crappy security policies that were feed to the dogs.
I really appreciated that I made it inside the encoding center much earlier than my worst-case scenario; however, by the time I was revising my schedule, all the slots for Monday evening was already taken.
In the end, I paved the way for my friends to get a more convenient schedule yet I was the one left out. Perhaps I must be thankful. I didn\’t have to suffer acute schedule conflicts. I also have enrolled all possible subject load this term, in other words, I am still regular. I should be blessed after all. My schedule just sucks on Saturday evening. (We don\’t know, perhaps it\’s just a blessing in disguise)
Sure, life is unfair… but the overly unnecessary security measures make our college life not only unfair, but also twisted.