By Hailey Duchnowski and Lila Nolan, Staff Writers
As the fall semester comes to an end, spring registration for Post students to select classes began Monday, Nov. 9 for most students. Post opened up registration for students to look at all of the classes being offered this spring and sign up for which ones they want to be in.
Junior special education major Payton Napoli, who is focusing on history education, had a hard time signing up for the classes she needs to graduate.
“I only had four options for history classes to take, which I had already taken three of and needed a total of 20 credits to graduate with the history focus,” Napoli said. “I also had difficulty finding education classes for the spring semester especially being that the ones offered were very limited and only had times during my other classes.”
Napoli will be doing both in-person and online classes next semester.
“My professors have chosen to do half remote and half online, which I actually would rather be in person for all of them. I think I learn a lot better being in person with a professor than on Zoom which can have a ton of technical issues and is harder to understand the material.”
Many students were disappointed with the lack of course options for next semester.
“I thought that [Post] did not provide enough class options for students for the spring semester,” sophomore veterinary technology major Sarah Henderson said. “While I understand that it is difficult to offer all classes right now due to COVID-19 staff shortages, I still think that they should offer enough classes to cover all major and minor requirements so that students do not fall behind in their studies. I did not have any issues with registration, except for that some of my vet tech classes were scheduled at the same time for some reason, but this issue was resolved.”
Students will be behind their graduation schedule if the unh does not offer enough classes for each major and minor.
“For vet tech majors, they did not provide any class options for some of the requirements that we are required to take next semester,” Henderson said. “By not offering these requirements, most people in my program are falling behind as we are not able to fulfill our four year plan here. Additionally, my equine minor has not offered any classes that I can take. Over the last two years, they have only offered the same class, meaning I cannot take any other classes I need in order to fulfill my minor by the time I graduate. It is very frustrating, as I do not want to fall behind in my studies, but I may have to drop my minor simply because the school is not offering any of the classes.”
Sophomore musical theatre major BrayLynn Willis had an easy time making her schedule, but still had problems with courses getting filled up too quickly to make her ideal schedule.
“Class selection went better than usual for me,” Willis said. “I got an email from my promise coach the week before registration opened, so I was able to prepare exactly what I wanted to take next semester. Unfortunately, the classes I am in fill up quickly, so I wasn’t able to build my schedule the way I wanted to … I registered at noon on Monday and all but two or three of the classes I wanted to register for were closed. I am now unable to take one of the classes that fills my WAC and CMA requirements this upcoming semester because of scheduling conflicts. I wish there was a way to alleviate that problem, but at this point, I’ll just have to take the class a different semester.”
While some people claimed they had difficulty getting in touch with their Promise coaches, all coaches had available times to meet via Zoom once registration opened.
“My Promise coach is really great about getting in touch with me and helping me set up my schedule for this upcoming fall semester,” senior physical education and health major Cassie Zangerle said. “It’s definitely harder on both ends to navigate everything remotely, but in these times we don’t have a choice so I’m just really trying to make it work.”
As an education major, Zangerle expressed her concerns with social distancing impacting her courses next semester.
“My major concern with the spring semester is with my student teaching,” she said. “I just don’t know what’s going to happen in regards to being remote or in-person. COVID has added many extra stresses that were never an element before.”
With the pandemic still around, some students debated whether or not they would return to campus.
“I am planning on returning in person next semester,” Willis said. “I believe college is about the training, not about the grades. My career will not be based on whether or not I passed my classes, but if I can actually apply what I’ve learned. I just don’t think online learning can provide the same training or quality of education as being in person. Despite what’s going on in the world, I have to come back in order to feel like I am getting what I am meant to be getting from my college experience.”
While it has been a different experience for students registering for the spring semester during a pandemic, students are excited to see what next semester brings them.