Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3420 Register early Colleges publish a Schedule of Courses that includes the registration schedule. You’ll be given a registration date (or range of dates). Some classes fill up quickly, so always register at the earliest possible date. Closed out courses are not necessarily closed out. See the professor and plead your case. He/she may add a spot or put you on a waiting list. If closed out, you can also try attending the first class in the hopes that the professor will allow you in. Keep fastidious records Keep documentation of all important school- related information. Create and maintain a file that won’t get lost, stolen, or destroyed. While you’re at it, maintain an additional file of non-academic records including credit/debit card statements, receipts for purchases over $10, bank/checking account statements, car insurance, and so forth. Don’t rely strictly on online statements. You want a “paper trail” in the event that online records are corrupted, stolen, or otherwise compromised. Archive important messages Create an email folder of all messages you receive regarding academic issues (registration procedures and deadlines, messages from professors regarding assignments or deadlines, scholarship and internship opportuni- ties, etc.). Don’t delete them – file them away for future reference. If you get a lot of these messages, create subfolders for each department, professor, academic advisor, department chair, career counselor, etc. Even with the advent of online course registration, bill payment, etc., it’s still a good idea to keep separate printed copies of all important records and documents. Back up computer files To avoid every student’s nightmare of lost or corrupted assignments, papers, and projects, create a backup system. Use an external hard-drive, email yourself important documents, or pay a few dollars a month for an online back-up system such as Mozy or Carbonite. It’s easy to lose flash drives and memory sticks, and desktop and laptop computers may be stolen. Back up all important documents online.