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Spring 2009: The Last Semester of My Life

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Midnight. One more minute until I can click my mouse on the “Register” button. Sadly, there is a lot more behind the simple mouse click than I care to realize at the moment. This is this last time I will click this “Register” button. This is the last time I will see classes listed in My Cart. I have officially begun my last semester at UNH.

The truth is scary really. I know it sounds lame, but it feels like just yesterday that I got my acceptance letter and was debating over which school really deserved my attendance. Now, suddenly I’m turning 22 in a few weeks and I’m registering for my last undergraduate semester. They say that your college years fly by, but it wasn’t until this week that I realized they really did.

So now, here I am all registered for my last semester of classes, panicking about whether or not I’ve taken all my required classes and trying to foresee any obstacles that might come in the way of my graduation.

I can’t help but reminisce about the days when we had to line up in front of the Registrar’s Office at 5:00 a.m. in order to pass our desired schedules in as early as possible. We’ve come a long way–now all we have to do is put our classes into our cart and press “Register” at 12:01. Of course, there have been some fun glitches to this supposed improvement in the system (like how I had to register for English classes in the Registrar’s Office because the Matrix system didn’t recognize my AP credits as a replacement for E 110).

Still, I’d like to leave you all with some tips for future use. What’s the point of having all this wisdom and not sharing it? Since I’m on my last semester, I might as well share what I know.
First of all, take Chinese with Chien Yu. Not only is the class so much fun, but professor Yu (or Yu Laoshi as we learned to say) is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

Next, don’t be afraid to pick up a minor. Most programs only require you to take five classes within the major. It’s totally worth it to replace five elective spots with a minor.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to take a chance. Interested in art but scared of being judged? Just go for it. Chances are the experience is going to be better than you expected. Why waste your time with boring electives when you could take something that interests you?

I hope everyone carries on this wisdom even after I finish my college career in May.

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