Are you really closed?
June 2, 2007 9:17 PM Subscribe
Registering for college courses… question on etiquette for a closed class.
posted by MayNicholas to education (33 answers total)
I am heading back to school in the fall at the age of 30… I’m only taking 1 year of undergrad work (I already have one degree, but have chosen to go back for a complete career change) before I hopefully get into the grad program. We are able to register for classes online which is great, but unfortunately there were technical problems with my log on (which I had no idea there was a problem, I just assumed they didn’t have me set up in the system yet) so now there is one class that I can’t register for because it is closed already. I have been trying diligently to get in- by staying logged in pretty much at all times and refreshing the page to see if someone dropped (worked for one class)- but no luck. The department will sometimes do overrides, but not until the add/ drop period is over. That is after the first week of classes. I would like to know I have a place in the class. Going back to school by choice means that every course I take will be taken with the utmost seriousness. Is there some sort of etiquette on perhaps emailing the professor? I have successfully been able to enroll in one of their courses, but this one I truly feel is essential. Would it be wrong to email them? If I did, what could I say? I am a new student at this university, so I have no relationships yet. I know many others are trying to get into classes that are closed, so why should I be any different? Well as far as I’m concerned, I’m only different because I am an older student who is choosing to be there and believes in the importance of the knowledge to be gained from this course. But I’m sure there are other undergrads who feel the same way. Should I email the professor directly in a couple of weeks if I still have no luck? Would it do any good? Or would it just be annoying to the professor?