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July 8 Email from the Office of Academic Advising

Dear STUDENT

This email is a quick reminder that July 15th is the deadline to sign up forProject Wake (http://newstudents.wfu.edu/summer-academic-project/).  When you register for Project Wake, please use your Wake Forest email address (@wfu.edu) and double check to be sure you enter it correctly, so that your discussion leader can easily contact you.  Today, and each day next week I will be forwarding you quotes from different members of our community expressing why they are enthusiastic about Project Wake.  Today I’m sharing a couple of representative quotes from students who participated last year and who responded to a survey about the experience:

A spectacular experience that enables one to experience another point of view.”

“It was such a great opportunity to discuss a book and topics I’m interested in with other students and faculty who share the same interests and passions.  It led to a very productive and thoughtful conversation.”

July 15th is also the deadline for several pre-Orientation programs(http://newstudents.wfu.edu/pre-orientation/).

Most importantly, Round I of Registration begins in just over a week onMonday, July 18th. To be ready, be sure that you have:

  • checked your registration time in WIN by clicking “Check Your Holds & Registration Status” under Virtual Campus (see Forestry 101, p. 85, or email from registrar@nullwfu.edu sent June 20th).  Note that all registration times are in Eastern Daylight Time.  You can register starting at the first time stated through July 21st at 11:59 pm.
  • worked on your Course Preference Survey (CPS) through the page that tells you to STOP until you have completed Round I of registration.  When you are at that point do NOT click the “Forward” arrow until after you have registered for Round I … just close out your browser (don’t worry: your progress will have been saved up to that point).  As you work on the CPS, please take the time to read directions closely.  As indicated in the survey, the CPS is intended to help you prepare for Round I of registration, so you should do everything up to the “STOP” message before Monday. After you have completed Round I of registration, a final review of the CPS allows you to make modifications taking into account the classes for which you registered in Round I.  Please submit the final completed CPS to us as soon as you canAFTER completing Round I of registration and no later than July 22nd.  (If you do submit the CPS before Round I of registration, we will be unable to make it available again for modification, but will still be able to use whatever was submitted.)  The CPS in its entirety will help us complete your schedule, taking into account your preferences while also considering class availability and time conflicts.
  • read instructions for completing registration in the Registration section of Forestry 101 (p. 81 and following), including the “Commonly Asked Registration Questions” that appear on pp. 99-102.  This information is also available at http://newstudents.wfu.edu/registration-overview/.

Here is a reminder of advising resources as you prepare for Round I of registration:

  • Forestry 101 (sections on Academic and Registration) and the new student website; remember that if you do not have access to your hard copy of Forestry 101, the e-book version is athttp://wfu.tizrapublisher.com/forestry-101/.
  • For a trained student adviser, email askanSA@nullwfu.edu or have a google chat on July 17-21 (see schedule on Forestry 101, p. 72 orhttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/advising/).  Note that this google chat option is available the evening before registration starts from 6-10 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

It is perfectly normal for students to experience some worry or anxiety about registering for college classes.  I want to reassure you that, especially if you prepare with the resources we’ve provided, your registration should go smoothly.  For Round I, I recommend that you have a few course options as you sit down to register for your first 10 hours, so that if one option (for example, your first-choice writing class) is closed you can move on to a next-preferred option.  I also want to reassure you that we in the OAA are here to help if challenges arise.  We will be available by phone and email during business hours (8:30 am – 5 pm, EDT) next week if you need assistance.

We in OAA and other advisers will also be working hard during Round II of registration to craft a full schedule that will meet your needs as a first-semester student.  Does this mean you will get your exact first-choice schedule?  Not necessarily.  There are many factors that affect registration including time conflicts between classes and course availability.  What it does mean is that you will have a schedule that fulfills academic requirements, that helps you begin important exploration of preferred academic paths, and that begins your WFU journey of obtaining a broad education in exploring the liberal arts.  You chose Wake Forest knowing that WFU values and requires broad liberal arts exploration, so please keep an open mind about the courses that are of value to you in this first semester.

Please try not to stress too much about this process. Between your preparation and our help – as well as the fact that you can make adjustments to your schedule after you meet with your academic adviser during Orientation – I am confident that you will have an exciting and appropriate fall semester schedule.  Our past new students report very high rates of satisfaction with their course schedules, and I am confident it will be the same for you.

All the best,

Dean Buchanan