The dreaded college class waitlist! You try to perfectly plan your college classes, even judging your next class based on the distance and time it takes to get from building to building to ensure you have enough time and won’t be late. But then… the worst thing happens. The class is full and you’re left… on the waitlist.
The waitlist can be so daunting, because it’s never going to tell you if you’re going to get in or not. There are people who are very first on the waitlist for a class and never get in. And then you have people 20th in line on the waitlist that can get in by the first day. Being placed on the waitlist comes with the fear of the unknown, which can be scary. But no need to fear, here are some tips for the waitlist!
Know your dates. Oftentimes there is a deadline for enrolling in the class, typically a week or two after classes have started. Know these dates and have them noted somewhere so you can be prepared and they don’t sneak up on you.
Sit in the front of the classroom, where the professor can see you.
Be on time, if not early, for class. Take good notes and be attentive.
Talk with your professor before or after class. Let them know you are a student on the waitlist and that you would love to be in their class. If it feels appropriate, you can even try to email them.
The goal is to prove that you want to be in the class and that you will put in the time and work to be there. Professors can’t always bend the rules, especially if it comes to the amount of seats in their classroom or the fire code rules, but they may be able to change things here and there for you to get you into their class.
Do you have any other waitlist tips you can share? Comment them below!
We’ve covered on our blog that there are multiple forms of higher education. But I think it might be important to take a step back and ask the question- but what is the purpose of higher education?
Looking at a broad, overall answer, the point of obtaining a higher education beyond high school is to gain the knowledge needed for a profession. It gives you a specialized field of study that later you can boast to potential employers. But, there is also a long list of other reasons we as humans work hard to obtain a higher education. They are (but not limited to):
The social skills that inadvertently come with being in a school setting.
Networking with professors, potential future employers, and peers.
Proving that you can work hard and achieve something that takes hard work.
It helps you meet the needs of your own self-fulfillment, giving you a higher purpose in life.
Learning critical thinking skills, how to adapt to different situations, work with others, and gives you emotional intelligence and resilience.
Studies show that individuals that have attended higher education courses tend to make healthier decisions in their lives.
Other studies have shown that those that have achieved a degree in higher education show more success in their careers. There are less unemployment and job loss.
There are plenty of reasons to obtain higher education from the institution of your choice. Not only are you studying a field that you want to pursue a career in, but you are also gaining relationships, networking, and meeting some of your most basic self-fulfillment needs.
So you’re looking at schools now that graduation is getting closer, and you have a list of universities for undergrad in mind. Universities are fantastic and absolutely a worthwhile investment. However, a four-year university is not the end-all answer when it comes to higher education. There are other options out there that are just as great, maybe even better than a four-year university. Let’s look at some of them!
A trade school is a great answer for anyone wanting to look into a very specific, niched-down career such as electrician, plumber, or nurse.
A community college is another option. Typically attendees of a community college come from the town, or outlying towns, it resides in. This is a great option to stay close to home, save money, and still obtain an education! Most community colleges will only have a 2-year associate’s option, however, some can partner with bigger universities nearby to give students the option of a bachelor’s degree.
Online school is also a great way to go through school. This can either be done through a typical university or community college, or through an online-only school.
You can also look into private schools for religion or military.
A university isn’t the only option! You don’t have to be attending Yale or Harvard to find success in your higher education studies.
Let’s talk about trade schools vs. universities. What are the differences and which one is better?
A school based around teaching just specific trades, such as nursing, electric work, plumbing, etc. A very niched program.
Typically less expensive Can be easier to get a job because internships happen in the field of work, putting you in direct contact with employers. Can be faster to graduate than the typical 4-year degree.
Your line of work is niched and can be hard to find an occupation outside of your line of study. Typically less social aspect than most universities.
A school where you receive an undergrad, graduate, or doctorate degree.
Your degree requires courses from a vast majority of subjects, giving you experience in many different areas. You have a broad sense of your area of study, which can open up job opportunities in various positions, not just one niched area. A big social aspect on a university campus.
Is hard to graduate early or faster because of credit requirements. Can be hard to choose your occupation because a degree can be so broad. You don’t walk away with a new set skill, you walk away with a degree.
So which one is better?
A university may be a great option for one person, while a trade school is the better route for someone else. Both types of schools come with pros and cons, even more than I’ve written here. A great way to decide which type of school is best for you is to reach out to trusted mentors or school counselors to help you make your final decision.
What type of school have you chosen to attend, trade school or university?
What’s better than money? FREE money! There are different companies and people around the world that understand not just how expensive higher education can be, but also how important it is. To help this, they offer students scholarships to help offset these costs. (Hint, hint, we offer a really good scholarship too!) As far as applying for scholarships, here are our tips!
Never assume you are too young or too old. You can find scholarships as young as 7th or 8th grade or even clear into your Ph.D.
Write out a general essay that you can adapt to each scholarship you apply for.
If you are employed, check into your company to see if they offer any scholarships or school reimbursement
Get started early! If you procrastinate on deadlines, you may miss out on great opportunities. It also looks good to scholarship boards to see those that submitted early versus those that waited until the last minute.
If you have specific questions about the scholarship, reach out to them and ask! More often than not, they are happy to answer your questions.
Apply for as many as you can find. If all you have to put in is time to apply for scholarships, it’s worth the money you’ll receive.
Make sure you read all of the requirements and qualifications for a scholarship and double-check that you’ve done everything before submitting. Many people are turned away from a scholarship because they do not have all of the materials needed when submitting.
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Good luck applying! Be confident in yourself and your qualifications. What other tips would you add to this list?