Cougar Questions: Do you like having the add/drop deadline shortened to a week?

Maddi Dayton
Julia Dushku, Pre-nursing, Utah

“I think shortening it to one week will make it really hard for people that aren’t sure of what classes they want to take. So it doesn’t give you enough time to really experience the class, especially since some classes are only one day a week and some are only two. So it doesn’t give you enough of the experience to make a good decision, so two weeks would give us the proper amount of time.”

— Julia Dushku, Pre-nursing, Centerville, Utah


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Susannah Goldberg, Exercise science, California

“I think that not shortening the add/drop deadline makes it more convenient for students to not have to make such a snap decision even though they should have had plenty of time to figure it out. I mean, sampling the class it makes it more convenient for them, but at the same time it makes it easier for them to not be as serious about the assignments. So taking two weeks instead of one will make it harder for students to get into the rhythm of the class and get integrated and get going and do well in it.”

— Susannah Goldberg, Exercise science, California

Ari Davis
Alyssa Weatherston, Undeclared, Texas

“I think that shortening the add/drop deadline isn’t the best idea because there are a lot of classes that are only once a week. I’m in mass communications this semester, and it’s only once a week on a Tuesday, and I only got to go to class one time before I had to make my decision. Especially for those once-a-week classes and the first meeting of the class, it’s just telling what the class is going to be like, instead of actually experiencing what the class is going to be like. The second week is when you start to really get into the flow of things and see how everything is going to work out, how all of your workload is going to work together and what you can handle.”

— Alyssa Weatherston, Undeclared, Texas

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Scott Strong, Food science, Utah

“My reaction to BYU reducing the time of the add/drop deadline is it’s a little fast. I mean two weeks is OK, that’s even a little quick, but cutting that time in half doesn’t really give everybody the chance to find the classes that they need and get into the sections that they want. So I think they should switch it back.”

— Scott Strong, Food science, Utah


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Jessie Jones, Recreation management, Nebraska

“I think it’s good and bad. I think it’s good because two weeks is kind of a long time to add a class, and in doing so, if you add it after two weeks then you are pretty far behind and it’s really hard to catch up. So that’s why it’s good, but it’s kinda bad especially for first-year students. They don’t know exactly what they want to be taking, and so their first week in school, they are already trying to get used to being on campus and stuff, and it’s already overwhelming, and after only a week they won’t be able to switch their classes up anymore. So it just kind goes either way.”

— Jessie Jones, Recreation management, Nebraska

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Daniel Dekker, PD biology, California

“As far as the change form two weeks to one week, I don’t really like that at all. I think it’s kind of annoying ’cause I have a couple of classes that are going to be a lot harder than I expected they were going to be, but I didn’t know that until the second week. So I really wish that I had a little bit more time to think about that. My personal opinion is I wish they had kept it two weeks, but for most of my classes it doesn’t really make that big of a difference. For some of my classes it would be nice to have a little more time to think about that.”

— Daniel Dekker, PD biology, California

Maddi Dayton
Bethany Brown, Exercise science, Utah

“I don’t like the shorter add/drop deadline because I can’t tell by then if I like the class or if it’s going to work with my schedule.”

— Bethany Brown, Exercise science, Utah

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Greg Fuller, Public health, Utah

“I can see the reason behind it, but it’s not very fun. It’s not terrible; it just makes it trickier. So I have mixed feelings.”

— Greg Fuller, Public health, Utah

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