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by Liz (cant_wake_up)

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am a junior transferring to SMWC as an external degree student and I was wondering how registration for classes works. I can't seem to find a course catalog or anything. I am still waiting for my advisor to contact me about this. I am a planner and, at my other schools, I usually have every quarter planned in advance so, without knowing what the heck I'm doing, I feel a little lost. I feel like time is ticking away until the first day of spring quarter (April 8th) and I don't even know what classes are available to me so I feel like I won't get to go. I have a feeling SMWC is run a little different than the schools I have attended in the past. Any help?

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Posted by: Ashtari (ashtari)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Woodsie

I am a current WED student at St. Mary's. Feel free to email me at ashtariteranize@gmail.com

And yes. St. Mary's is different than any other school you've been to, especially as a distance student.

Registration for classes for the WED program is done on a monthly rotation, which they call "returns". It's best to get on the August/January return schedule - it makes financial aid easier.

The month that you're scheduled to return, they send you a form asking which day you are coming (they require you to come to campus once a semester for registration and academic advising). This may change but for now they still require it. You can also do by-mail registrations, but for your first, they probably won't allow it.

The same packet of forms will have your tentative class schedule on it, which you can approve and send back, or call them to make changes. The WED Office handles all the registrations and returns - their website is here. For your first term, though, you will definately have to speak with your advisor.

At each return, you will go over the current schedule of classes, and plan for your future semesters, so this won't be a problem as you move forward.

My advice to you is to contact the WED Office by email or phone, and have them explain your first semester procedures.

And the current undergraduate catalog can be found here.

The thing to remember about St. Mary's is that it's a very old, very tradition bound institution. Their ways seem archaic, especially if you've been to other schools. It does take some getting used to.

If you don't mind my asking, what is your major, and who is your advisor?

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)

Thank you. I thought only teaching students were required to visit campus. I was mailed a form and, on it, had the option of by mail registration. If that's true that I have to go there for the first registration, then I won't be able to attend unfortunately.

I have never gotten anything else in the mail from them though. I did the online orientation and payed my $50 registration fee. I have only been contacted by a transcript evaluator, and despite several emails to different people at the school, I have never heard from anyone but her.

How far before Spring quarter would you get something in the mail with a tentative class schedule on it?

Thank you for the catalog, hopefully that'll help me but if they pick your classes for you... I'm not sure how that works.

I'm majoring in Creative Writing and I have no clue who my advisor is, like I said, no one has contacted me besides a transcript evaluator.

Posted by: Ashtari (ashtari)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Woodsie

Wows.

Ummmmm I would say definately call the WED Office (I see below that they're not replying to emails but are lurking in LJ lol). Speak specifically to Gwen Hagemeyer - she's the director and can steer you in the right direction. Communicate to her your desires concerning your classes - mixing both gened and major courses, and I think they'll be accomodating. After the initial semester, you'll communicate with your advisor to determine your schedule - I've never had any problems in getting the courses I like in the order I like. :) I try to keep very careful tabs on my requirements.

They may have changed the return requirements - I live close so I try and go just about every semester. The good thing about the WED program is that they try to flexible - so it may be you will be able to register without coming to campus. :) Seeing as how you're in the Pacific Northwest, I would think you wouldn't want to come to Indiana twice a year! lol

My terms are on a semester basis - not quarters. I am probably wrong, but I think most of the WED program is set up that way, unless you're Masters, and they have their own set of rules. Again - ask Gwen.

Be very persistant. SMWC is a very service-oriented school, and by service, I mean one-on-one time. So you need to be very pro-active in your communications. The thing about the WED office (and the rest of the offices on campus) is that they are preparing for a new "return" for one group of students or other nearly EVERY SINGLE MONTH. So a lot of times, they're very busy. It does take some time sometimes. :) For planning people (I'm one too, believe me) it's frustrating, but you have to have patience. It's a smallish school, with limited staff.

I usually get my paperwork for the next semester up to a month before the return (so when I returned on Jan. 27th, I had my paperwork the middle to the end of December) But then, I am a returning student, not a new one. ;)

Don't worry about anything. They will help you through everything, every step of the way. Just be sure you ask for the help. :)

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)

They are on semesters? I thought my start date was April 8th though, that doesn't make sense for semesters. Maybe that's not my start date then? So I probably will have to wait until fall? I thought on the form I got it say Mid-October, late-January and beginning of April were the start dates. Could this be for something else?

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
books

Shoot, I just looked at the academic calendar and it looks like those were registration dates on the mailing I got, not class start dates. Dang. Funny because I totally emailed someone and said I really wanted to start April 8th and they said that the process would probably be quick enough for that the happen. :P

Posted by: Ashtari (ashtari)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Woodsie

Well, like I said, they have new semesters starting nearly every month for SOMEONE. So it's probably that you CAN start in April - it'll just be a 16 (20? I can't remember exactly) week semester, finishing in August or September rather than a quarter. :)

Again.....call or email Gwen and ask her. ;) 812-535-5150 Best to get it from the horse's mouth, so to speak. :D

...this might tell you more (since you haven't received anything yet) The WED Student Handbook. Might help explain things. :)

That academic calendar is probably for all students....lemme find it. ..yeah that's for both campus AND WED students. Anything that says "WED New" or "WED Return" are start dates for the WED semesters. There is one coming up in April 8....WED NEW. (that's you!)

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)

Thank you! LOL. I'm so confused!

Posted by: Ashtari (ashtari)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Woodsie

No problem. It is confusing, because it's different than what most other schools do - conforming to the traditional Fall/Spring schedule that campus students have. Like I said, WED is a bit more flexible, because you can do things like start in April rather than waiting until August. :)

Don't worry, it'll make sense once you get started. hehe Essentially, you're still in semesters, but they're just....moved. :) You can even (if you want) bust hump and finish your April semester early and return in August again and then in January. :) (April still counts in the 2009-2010 financial aid calendar) whereas August and January will be in the 2010-2011 financial aid calendar. At least it used to - better ask someone about that too. :)

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
party

Thanks for all your help. I am registered for next month (statistics and intro to mass media) being a jr and taking intro classes sort of sucks but whatever. I am going to try and challenge the intro to computers class though. If it's too much of a hassle, I'll just suck it up and get an A. I just want to write... it sucks that half my time is wasted on genelec.
I completed half of my AA degree online through a local community college and 18 credits of my BA online as well. I just don't want to feel held back. Like I said, I just want to write.

Posted by: Ashtari (ashtari)
Posted at: March 25th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)

NO problem at all. I like helping. :)

I completely understand. I did pretty much the same thing - transferred in a BUNCH of credits for electives, but still had to take PE. (I shit you not) Course I completely switched from business to liberal arts but still. I feel your pain. :) But like you said, they're easy A's.

OMG Statistics. I hope you're better at math than I am. It's whooping my ass this semester. (course it helps if you have time to work on it)

Keep writing in your free time. I like to write just silly things that I know aren't for a grade-helps to cut loose sometimes rather than just churn out research paper after research paper. ;) Reminds me that I have a creative side too hehe

Just as an aside - if you're ever traveling you should come to campus at least once before you graduate. The campus is BEAUTIFUL. Deep in the woods, quiet, tranquil. :) Very calming.

I hope everything works out for you and you enjoy it! Keep in touch!

Posted by: demented_pants, Corporate Tool (demented_pants)
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)

Out of curiosity, what's your major?

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 26th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
more fantasy

creative writing

Posted by: Liz (cant_wake_up)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)

So, you know what's crazy? I got my classes in the mail today! Ha! But, I still need to talk to someone there. Still waiting for an email from Gwen but I'm thinking it's time for me to call.

Posted by: jfischer11 (jfischer11)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
SMWC

Hi - My name is Jackie Fischer and I work in the Career Center at SMWC. I am happy to help you - please contact me at jfischer@smwc.edu. I have also pasted a message below from Gwen Hagemeyer.

Hi,

I am Gwen Hagemeyer, WED Director. If you will email me at ghagemey@smwc.edu, I will be happy to connect with you for planning purposes. I guess WED IS a little different from other schools, but we hope that you will be happy with your program at The Woods.

I usually select courses for a student's first semester, and then they plan their subsequent semesters with an academic advisor from their major after they get started. However, I can help you plan more than one semester and we can do it now instead of later. We don't want you to feel uncomfortable about how this will work for you.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Gwen

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