By Henry Grant
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Class is in session, counseling offices are filled, and financial aid lines are long as the time comes for students to register for the spring 2011 semester.
Students have many different motives for registering: Some are finishing their second semester here at Camden County College, some are coming from other far away schools, some skipped the first semester, and some are finishing their second year hoping to graduate. Whatever their reason may be, the registration process is pretty much the same for everyone. First you pick your classes, and then you pay for them.
There are, however, different ways to approach registering. As to whether they’d pick the classes themselves or have a counselor do it, a majority of students would rather have a counselor, even the second-year students.
“It’s just easier, and you know you’re getting the classes that’ll fulfill your major,” said Gabrielle Meyor, a student in her first year.
Most students said they preferred a counselor pick their classes because they didn’t know how to pick them.
One second-year student who picks his own classes, however, explained the process in detail. Sam Canales, a nursing major in his second year, said, “Picking your own classes is more convenient. All you have to do is go to the school website, click the webadvisor link, sign in, and BOOM! there you have it,” Canales said, noting the convenience of that method.
The worst part of registering, almost all students said, was the wait.
“You wait in the counseling office for like a half an hour, you go to financial aid and wait for like 2 hours, and then you go to registration and they send you back to financial aid! It’s such a pain,” said Brittany Wheeler, another first-year student.
A part of registering is paying for classes, and for most students, with payment comes financial aid. The financial aid office is right behind the registration area, and the wait is long. The students said they waited from 30 minutes to 2 hours.