It was all too good to be true! I was so used to the panic that normally sets in during registration season at Manoa, so I was so excited to be at a university where registration usually isn't required. Keyword here being usually. I talked about the classes I was going to attend in my last blog post, and I started those classes this week. So far, only lectures have begun and exercises/practice courses begin at the start of May.
I noticed the night before my first day of class that my most important course (International Business--I need this one to transfer back to Manoa as my IB elective credit and had already gotten my petition approved before I left) required that students send in a registration form in order to enroll in the lecture. This isn't typical of lectures, but since part of the grade for this class is a group assignment everyone has to register. I sent in my application and got a response two days later that it was FULL. MY HEART DIED. I pleaded and played the exchange student card, but they told me that no exceptions could be made. On top of all of this, I found out that I didn't have the proper pre-requisites to take my European Economic Integration course. While it isn't necessarily required (meaning they don't ever actually check to see if you have actually taken the pre-req classes) I could tell from the first lecture that I wasn't going to be able to follow along with my really limited knowledge of introductory economics and trade theory. This left me scrambling to find two more classes that I could take to replace the two I had to drop.
I immediately sent in a handful of petitions to my academic advisor at OSAS, Rikki Mitsunaga and she submitted them with a rush. I'm still waiting to hear back, but the absolutely great and magical news is that there was a registration misunderstanding and I was actually allowed to register for the International Business course! I chose to take a course called "Innovation and Technological Change" in place of the European Economic Integration class that I dropped, so now it's just a waiting game.
So far though, I've really enjoyed the classes that I've chosen. It's interesting to learn about accounting in a foreign country. Germany relies on different accounting standards, but the basic knowledge is the same. It's fun to hear my professor talk about American examples (everyone was perplexed by a Walmart case study we did) and I'm learning to look at what I already know from a very different perspective. Below is what a typical week looks like for me, though I also have a blocked course (you can read more about that in my previous post) that will take place at the end of May.
I'm glad to have everything sorted out and even more glad about my long weekends! It's a big weight off my worrywart shoulders, so now all that's left is to cross my fingers for my course petitions. I tried to submit as many petitions as I could before I left for Germany, but a lot of the classes that I had petitioned for ended up not being offered this semester. It really depends on the university you attend and the availability of accurate information, but I recommend trying to do everything you can while you're still home and have plenty of time to figure everything out. It will save you a lot of stress in the end.
I'm really looking forward to all of my classes and I'm glad it has all worked out the way it did. I'll talk to you next week. Bis bald!