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Registering for Spring 2023 Courses and a Fall Semester Update

  Today is finally the day for SLIS students to register for their Spring 2023 courses! From what I know, it seems like a majority of people have an 11 a.m. start time on November 16th (as do I). I may or may not be writing this at 11:05, my adrenaline still pumping and the sweet relief of getting my desired courses washing over me. Since the course schedule for next semester was released a few weeks ago, everyone has been on the edge of their seats. Whenever I hear my classmates buzzing about what classes they want to take and where they’ll be when it hits 11 o’clock, my body tenses. I can’t help but feel a bit competitive! It’s like Black Friday or when your favorite artist’s tickets go on sale. I’m graduating at the end of next semester and need to fill my requirements. Of course, there are multiple alternative ways to get into your desired class even if they seem to be full today: be on the waitlist and see if they create a new section for the course, wait until the first week of the semester and move into the class when a whole bunch of people drop or swap (which I’ve done twice), or just change your schedule now. But I can’t lie, there is nothing sweeter than knowing two months in advance that you are good to go for the next semester. I’ve enrolled in LIS 477 – Digital Asset Management, a core requirement for my Cultural Heritage Informatics Concentration, along with LIS 476 – Outreach and Advocacy for Cultural Heritage and LIS 512- Advanced Field Experience. Click here to learn more about each of these courses. 

In terms of my current course load, you could say I’m a bit overwhelmed. I (accidentally) took four classes last semester, and they honestly felt like less work than the three classes I’m currently taking. I know my classmates are feeling the same way; we know we can get the work done and we’ll finish the semester, but it feels like an avalanche of final projects, reports, and essays are about to crash down on us. Individually, I like the projects I’m doing. I’ve completed two finding aids that I’m really proud of, a collection development plan for an academic art library, and am currently working on a website discussing the collective memory of Yoko Ono and how that differs from her actual presence in history and the archives. This body of work I’m slowly constructing is something I know I will be very proud of and can include on my resume. I just need to keep that in mind when feeling stuck in the mid-to-late semester grind.