Enrolment, Enrolment, Enrolment, Enrolment, It's coming!!!
In truth, the enrolment process can be a hard slog. Here are my tips for getting it done minus the angst.
Now, Brendon has already done a marvellous job of explaining the enrolment process. I thought I’d cast my mind back a couple of years and give you guys a few ideas for getting through this potentially stressful time with a minimum of worry.
* Expect big, big queues. The way you accept your offer at Sydney Uni is to actually come in and stand in a line for hours, then deal briefly with a harried and often exhausted enrolment officer, then stand in a line again for an indeterminate period. It’s like a test of willpower I guess - obviously the uni doesn’t want just anybody studying with them. You gotta show some ticker.
* Bring a friend. Sometimes you can split up and stand in a queue each! You’ll get through enrolment quicker, thanks to a little phenomenon called “economies of scale”, or “synergy”. Actually I made that up. See, simply by virtue of studying in the Arts faculty, I can easily attract the label of “Arts Wanker”. The secret is making simple things sound more complex and jargoninated, even though you’re full of crap. So, my friends, go get yourselves some economies of scale!
* Next, blank cheques. At enrolment you’re going to have to pay your compulsory fees, which will be $604 if you are a fulltime student. Don’t bring cash, you’ll probably make the enrolment peoples’ heads explode en masse. Cheques, credit and EFTPOS are better options. And I know it sounds obvious, but every year we find a few blank cheques floating around, because people somehow can’t keep a hold of them. I’ll never understand why cheques are easier to lose than $100 bills, because I sure as hell have never found one of those. I don't know, pin it to your shirt like a primary school kid or something.
* Talk to the people around you in the queue. They will be enrolling in the same course as you, so get in early and make some acquaintances. Of course, you may be unlucky and be standing in a queue with a bunch of complete idiot wankers, in which case you’ll get a realistic idea of the sort of people who are doing your degree (“ahh... I don’t think I wanna do law anymore, mum....”)
* Take snacks. Stay hydrated :) Keeping those blood sugar levels up is important. Makes for less cranky people and better vibes all round.
So go forth, in the week of January 23-27, and enrol! And yay, then you’ll be able to get cheap bus rides like the rest of us student bludgers.