I’m admittedly a bit groggy this morning after waking up at 6:45 a.m. to register for spring term classes. Class registration at Middlebury starts at 7 a.m., with each year assigned a specific day on which it can register. Overall, the system works well, although it’s not without its quirks. On your registration morning, your entire class will be awake, logging into Bannerweb (our class registration platform), and counting down the seconds until the clock strikes 7. At 7:00:01, the mad rush begins, with everyone trying to enter course registration numbers before their top picks get filled up. Sounds stressful? Exciting? Rushed? It’s all of those things, but for my friends and I, it’s become something of a musical tradition. During registration, one of my friends will blast Europe’s “The Final Countdown” throughout our suite. By the end of the five or so minutes of musical excitement, all of us will have secured our classes and be headed back to bed. This song has come to represent for me the energy surrounding registration and will always remind me of punching course registration numbers into Bannerweb.
For me, as a senior, today’s class registration gave “The Final Countdown” new meaning. It’s strange to be choosing the last four courses I will take in college and the decision was by no means easy. Although a lot of my spring semester will consist of independent research and a senior seminar on Chinese Foreign Policy, I wanted to take advantage of the rest of my time at Midd by choosing a couple of interesting courses outside of my major. It’s really sunk in that next semester is the last hurrah, the Final Countdown. Unlike you, who have four years of academic opportunity ahead of you, I only have a short time left in which to take classes like Russian Politics and Literature (my J-term choice). To get a feel for typical Midd course offerings, check out the course catalog.
Signing off, I’d like to leave you with Sweden’s most notable contribution to 80s pop. Meet Europe: