How To: Survive Add/Drop Period

Ah, the dreaded Add/Drop Period. It rolls around every semester and brings with it….panic. Whether you’re a bewildered freshman or an older and wiser upperclassman, making the decision to drop (or add) a course can be stressful. Is it worth it to struggle through that upper-level business course you over-excitedly added to your schedule, or is it better to hold off until you have a few more pre-requisites under your belt? Do you really think that Spanish V class will be too difficult, or are you just dreading the end-of-semester term paper? There’s no way to know for sure which decision you should make, but we’re here to help ease the pain. Let’s get started…

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Make Sure You’re Adding/Dropping for the Right Reasons.

When it comes to classes at school, you want to make sure you’re taking the ones that earn you credit towards your major/minor and that you’re meeting your general education requirements. Don’t drop classes just because you don’t have any friends in the class or add classes just because everyone in your dorm is taking them. Your college experience is all about you – so make sure to allow your classes to reflect you and what you want to get out of your college career. Plus, class friends can be the best kind of friends! #bffs

Have a List of Alternative Classes Ready.

Look up (and write down) all of the times/days of classes you may want to add during Add/Drop, so you know exactly where you can fit classes into your schedule. By having this information handy ahead of time, you’ll be able to add classes without any added stress – and without having to scroll through all the options online to find class times that work for you.


 Don’t Judge a *Syllabus* by its Cover.

Remember that your college experience is all about taking fascinating classes that will inspire you, so even if a syllabus looks a bit daunting – don’t drop the class too quickly! Take the time to really read through it and figure out if the class is worth taking for you. If you’re really feeling unsure, talk to the professor, and let them know you’re very interested in taking the class, but you want to know a bit more about it, just to make sure it’s right for you. A syllabus contains all of the work you’ll be completing during the entire semester – you have time!

Crowdsource your Information.

When adding new classes, you want to be sure that you’re getting the best ones you can. Different professors have different teaching styles, so you want to make sure you have the one that’s right for you. Sites like RateMyProfessor let students share their insights and experiences from a variety of different courses and with different professors. However, make sure you take everything you read with a grain of salt. After all, hell hath no fury like a student who received a poor grade…

Take it Day by Day.

Take the Add/Drop Period one day at a time. Even if it’s stressful now, getting everything sorted at the beginning of the semester will make for a much better end of the semester. You’ll be through it before you know it!


Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers U

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Do you have any tips for getting through add/drop period unscathed? Share them with us @BNCollege or in the Comments below!


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