Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lucky Student

Getting added to classes that you are petitioning for is purely a matter of luck. During my time at  University of California, Irvine, the system for adding classes involved wait-listing myself online and hoping that others would drop so I could get in (It also helped if I was at number 5 rather than number 55 on the wait-list). However, for ‘classes-in-demand’, due to an easy professor or because it was a pre-requisite for Upper Division classes, the chance of getting in were almost 0 (at least with my kind of luck).

In Golden West College and possibly other community colleges, the system for adding is a little different. The teacher decides how he/she wants to add petitioners to the class. I’ve had an English Professor who had the students write their names on a piece of paper and then he did a draw, where he pulled out as many names as seats available (due to the absence of registered students).

Yesterday, I wanted to petition an Anatomy course at the same community college. I got to the 8am class at 8:20am. A huge line was neatly formed from one corner of the room to the other. At the beginning of the line stood the Professor with a Halloween ‘Trick or Treat’ bucket. Students were pulling out something from this bucket, and then moving along.

I asked a girl about this unusual scene and she told me that the bucket had little cards with either a smiley face or a sad face on each. Whoever got the smiley face could grab a chair and stay for the class, while the ‘sad face’ people had to leave. The ‘smiley face’ individuals would be given add-cards that they could use to add the class online. 

Considering my luck, I decided that I would probably not get the seat. Nonetheless, as always, I still had to try. I was the last person in line.


When I got to the ‘Sorting Bucket’, I pulled out a card that would determine my fate.

And guess what? 

I got in the class!!

My first quiz is tomorrow and my first exam is on Thursday, so I should probably be studying right now.


BubbliMuslima said...

YAY!!! mashallah, go smileys! :)

Rukhpar Mor said...

I know!! Very excited:)

jnana said...

Hahha that's such an original idea!
But it would be pretty demoralizing getting a sad face and having to walk out...

Rukhpar Mor said...

Haha yeah it would be a little disheartening if someone did not get in..However, the Professor is a very nice guy...A girl decided to attend lectures anyway just in case anyone dropped...no one did, but the Professor decided to add her anyway:)

Kanwalful said...

Gave you an award on my blog =)

Rukhpar Mor said...

Thanks Kanwalful..I'll go check it out=)

Lina said...

Hello Rukhpar,

It's an interesting blog you have here! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Have a great day,


Rukhpar Mor said...

Thanks Lina!! I'm glad you like it=)

S.I.F. said...

YAY! What luck lady!!

I used to be a champ at getting into classes - I seriously think it was a skill of mine! I never once got turned away! :)

Rukhpar Mor said...

Really SIF?? I have terrible luck in these matters so I am still (after three weeks of class) shocked that I got in!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I need my luck to help me get that A=)

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