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Friday, March 30, 2012

Registering for Fall 2012 Courses

It's time to register for fall 2012 courses! Priority registration began March 26th. Registration is based on number of completed credits (meaning this semester’s credits don’t count). Check the registrar’s website to find out what date you register:

As you plan your fall schedule, here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Check your DARS and the schedule of classes to determine which courses you need and when/if those classes are being offered next semester
  • If you are not sure how to organize your schedule, we are here to help! Make an appointment with your peer advisor and we can help you put together a schedule that balances major requirements, general education courses, and extracurriculars
  • Make sure you know all of the changes to academic regulations. The changes affect general education, freshman forgiveness, the waitlist process, and many more aspects relevant to fall registration. Visit this site to learn more:http://www.american.edu/provost/undergrad/undergrad-rules-and-regulations-toc.cfm If you have any questions about the changes or would like to talk about how they apply to you, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of us
  • Just like last semester, you must be cleared by your academic advisor prior to registration. This means you must make an appointment with your advisor prior to your registration date, and you need to bring a draft of your schedule for next fall so that your advisor can approve your course selection
  • Keep an eye out for upcoming peer advising events that can help with registration. On April 5th from 8:30 pm--10 pm we will hold walk-in hours in the Perch. We also have an event on April 4th called “Lights, Camera, Action! Finding Your Perfect Major.” The event is geared towards undecided students or students looking to add a CAS major or minor. The event is also movie-themed, so there will be plenty of popcorn and candy!
Sorry for the marathon email, but it’s important that you keep these things in mind for registration. Once again, feel free to email us at CASPeerAdvisors@american.edu or make an appointment at http://www.american.edu/cas/advising/undergraduate.cfm . Good luck with registration, and hopefully we’ll see you at one of our upcoming events!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action! Finding Your Perfect Major

Hello, everyone! We hope you had a great spring break and had a chance to enjoy the lovely weather. As you start to think about registering for fall courses, many of you may still feel unsure about what you want to major in. This is completely normal! We've planned an event to help you learn more about CAS majors and to take away the stress of searching for your perfect major. Here's what you need to know:

Lights, Camera, Action! Finding your Perfect Major

When: April 4th, 5 pm- 7pm

Where: Letts Formal Lounge

What: The first portion of the event will be a panel-style discussion featuring peer advisors from the Career Center and CAS, as well as upperclassmen representing each area of CAS (arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities). For the second half of the event, we'll break into more informal discussions. You can talk one-on-one with our panelists and other upperclassmen about how they chose their major, what they like about it, and what they plan to do with their degree after college. Since we won't be able to have a representative from every department at the event, we will also have contact information available so you can get in touch with students via email to learn more about their majors.

Why you should come: As you may have guessed from our title, this event is movie-themed! This means lots of popcorn, candy, and even movie-related prizes. More importantly, the event is a great opporunity to meet other students and to hear about their experiences selecting a major.

Please email questions for our panelists to CASPeerAdvisors@american.edu. Spread the word, and we hope to see many of you there!