No double-booking registration eases stress

No longer will students be able to double-book themselves for classes during registration. In an email sent out to the student body on Thursday, University Registrar John Papinchak detailed that, in order for students to register for two conflicting courses, they need to run it by their academic adviser before registration, and must gain permission to take them concurrently.

Trying to juggle courses that meet at the same time is a risky move for students; while it’s sometimes necessary in order for them to complete their coursework before they graduate or for other valid extenuating circumstances, there is no reason why the option should be open to students from the start of registration.

Also, some students that have trouble deciding which courses to take often overload themselves with courses — some of which overlap — in order to try each of them, then drop the ones they don’t like as much. The new registration policy will make this practice more difficult.

The Associate Deans’ Council made a smart move in implementing this new registration policy. Not only does it encourage students to make decisions about their next semester’s course work earlier on, but it also helps alleviate some stress among the student body. Carnegie Mellon is known for its stressful and academically intense environment, and balancing two classes at the same time contributes to that environment. In a roundabout way, the faculty and administration are helping to combat Carnegie Mellon’s “stress culture” with this new policy.

Admittedly, this new policy may prevent students from getting some of the classes that they want. Some people have back-up classes lined up so that they have a second option ready and waiting in case they don’t get off the waitlist for their first-choice class that meets at the same time, but now students have to decide if they want to risk getting off the waitlist for that class or take the safer route with a different, more accessible course.

Despite this drawback, the policy will help ease both the registration process and students’ stress levels.