Getting ready for registration

By Jessy Lee Saas, Arts Peer Academic Advisor

Winter Session registration happens each year in the early summer. UBC has a number of resources to support you through the process to help you prepare for your registration.

When I started at UBC, I was so nervous I would miss my registration time that I set six different alarms on my phone! In this blog post, I’ll outline resources that helped me through my registration — I hope you’ll find them as useful as I did.

Know your registration dates

In the week prior to registration, Enrolment Services will email you with the exact date and time that your registration will open. These dates and times will be listed when you log into the Student Service Centre (SSC)Although Enrolment Services will email you, it’s good to know your potential registration dates well in advance so that you can make sure you’re not on vacation or without access to a computer/internet when your registration opens. You can find your year-specific registration dates on the Student Services website.

Prepare a course plan

When I came to UBC, I didn’t know how to build a worklist, so I planned my entire year on a piece of looseleaf. It was nothing fancy, but I started planning weeks in advance. So, if you haven’t thought about your course plan for your first year in UBC Arts yet, get started now. Advance preparation will save you from sleepless nights leading up to your registration. Another Peer Advisor, Sarvenaz, wrote a blog with amazing tips on course planning.

Changing your course plan

Don’t worry if you’re not sure if your course plan is perfect for you — you’ll be able to change your registration choices anytime before the add/drop (course change) deadline. Try your best to choose courses that will interest you, but know that you’ll have about two weeks at the beginning of the term to try out your courses and make changes to your registration.

Arts Academic Advisor, Jessica King, wrote a helpful blog to explain why the add/drop period exists and how to make informed decisions about changing your registration.

Your major

The road to my major was filled with countless speed bumps and detours. I entered first year convinced that I wanted to double major in creative writing and political science. However, after my first term, I changed my mind to focus on English and political science. By the start of second year, I dropped all my political science courses and focused only on English. By the following summer, I finally settled on a history major and a creative writing minor, and I have never been happier!

Plan for the major you think you might enjoy and be open-minded if plans change. Many students declare or apply for their major in their second year. I declared late because I needed more time to explore my curiosities and find the right major. This turned out to be okay — the important thing is to explore topics in your first and second years to find a major you are passionate about, even if you don’t know what that is yet!

Registration support

You are not alone when it comes to registration: read your UBC emails, review UBC websites, and attend Arts Academic Advising workshops.

The Faculty of Arts website is an amazing resource which outlines faculty requirements, year-level promotions, degree navigator reports, and more. Also, UBC has helpful registration videos to help you navigate worklists and the registration process.

Arts Advising registration tutorials

Each year before registration, Arts Academic Advising offers registration tutorials. During these online workshops, advisors — and peer advisors like me — walk you through understanding transfer credits, creating worklists, choosing courses, registering for classes, and knowing what to expect after registration.

Jessy Lee Saas, Arts Peer Academic Advisor. Major in History and minor in Creative Writing.