As much as I do not want to bash my school, I am going to bash my school.
I have been sitting here for the past 2 hours trying to register for classes and I have yet to find even one! Either they are full or they are “non-existent.” What is up with that? I’ll tell you; UCF is severely understaffed for being one of the nation’s largest student bodies. They shove 200+ people into one classroom because they only have one teacher available for the course that half of the students are required to take.
Fine, that is acceptable for general education classes; but when time comes for me to get into those 3000 and 4000 level classes directed towards a specific field, why am I still having issues?
My major is Journalism, as you all know, and I cannot take any classes in regards to that until I have been inducted into the “secret society” of 25 students who are accepted into the program each semester. Thus, they require us to have minors so we can have something to do while we wait. As I previously stated, I declared a minor in International and Global Relations. I am sitting with the course catalogue in front of me, bearing 31 classes of which I only need 6 to complete the minor. Why then, am I unable to find even ONE to register for?
Do the classes not exist? Am I doing something wrong? I cannot take this pressure. It upsets me that my registration date was so late, but I got over it because I never thought I would have issues with these upper level courses. The classes in my minor cannot be that incredibly competitive that all 31 of them are full. This is unheard of.
Florida needs to stop with these budget cuts when their public institutions clearly need more professors. They are pushing people to choose between out-of-state-fees and community colleges – which are now also becoming over-populated. Society should be happy that its students want to fulfill higher levels of education and they should have the gates open for the opportunity; instead of discouraging the masses by having seniors who are 2 or 3 classes away from graduation waste their time spreading those classes out over 2 and 3 semesters because they are not all available in one.
That is unacceptable!