By Kiera Reilly, C’93
The weekend of October 21-22, 2016 marked 81 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! #93tothe25th
Do you remember registering for classes at Penn? I vaguely remember the summer before our Freshman year, sorting through a course catalog printed on newsprint. There were so many interesting classes, but I had to decide between really interesting classes and also taking classes to fulfill my requirements in the College.
Eventually, I made some selections, some with conviction, some with blind faith, and mailed them back to Penn. I saved the carbon copy of my requests.
(Note the upper right the blocks for my social security number. I rubbed it out, but the SSN was on everything we did with Penn back then)
Apparently I could select a primary course, and then an alternate course if my first choice was unavailable.
In late July, I received my courses on this computer print-out.
Note that there is a spot for my social security number (rubbed out) and my home address (also rubbed out).
Of the courses I requested, French was my only match.
As an alternate to English, I was placed in Econ. As an alternate to Philosophy, I was placed in another Philosophy course, Existentialism (I distinctly remember this course taught by Carmen Romano). The Physics of Sports course was full, and my alternate I guess was full too.
I remember being freaked out that I only had three classes! But then I arrived on campus and learned about drop/add.
Do you remember drop/add? I vaguely remember needing to attend the first class of the class you wished to add, then asking the professor if there was an opening, and then sitting outside – the classroom? An administrator’s room? And handing in paperwork and getting it stamped so you could be admitted into the class.
I have two add forms from that first semester.
I added Math 141, which was calculus. Again, note the spot at the top right for my social security number.
This seems to indicate I added Philosophy 55 – the Existentialism course. I am not sure why I have this since it was already on my first schedule, but here it is.
After the drop/add period ended, I received a printout with my final schedule. Note that my address has been changed to my dorm room in the Quad – 222 Franklin.
It indicated the dates and times of the classes, and also the buildings. WMS is Williams Hall – convenient to the Quad, and DRL, well is DRL. I think CB stands for the Chemistry Building.
Do you have memories of figuring your schedule Freshman year? Do you have any funny drop/add stories? Let us know!
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