‘Tis the Season

Every semester there is this wonderful thing that happens. Perhaps one of the greatest things of all. I am referring of course to Lehigh registration!

With the end of the semester close on our heels, we have to start thinking about the future; that is, the second semester. As an IDEAS student, this can be one of the most fun/painful experiences you’ll ever experience. On the one hand, looking up courses that sound interesting and that you’d actually want to take can be invigorating. On the other side of the spectrum, the actual registration process… well… let’s just say it’s downright painful. When I first came to Lehigh, I dropped my entire schedule and built it from scratch so I have some experience in this. Essentially, it consists of a student making a list of the courses they want to take, and then rushing around like a madman to make sure no one else takes your ever-so-valuable seats.

This process is further hindered by the fact that many IDEAS students overload their schedule (at Lehigh the max credits per semester is 18, overloading require special permission and can go as high as 21 credits). We also often deal with pre-requisite overrides so we can avoid taking some intro level courses. All this in mind, registering guarantees to make you miserable for at least 24 hours. That being said, I still love the whole prospect and can’t wait to get officially registered. Brace yourself second semester- I am on the move.

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Family Weekend at Lehigh

This past weekend was Family Weekend at Lehigh, and events were held all over campus for the families of the students over the course of three days. My family did not join in much, but we did go to President Simon’s “It’s Fall Y’all” event at his house on campus. It was really interesting to get a look into the new president’s house, as well as talk to him briefly and get a picture. There was a hot chocolate bar, cookies, a candy apple station, as well as a petting zoo, and parents and students and children and grandparents all could have a fun time.

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The point of all of this is really interesting—my friend was covering the event in the Brown and White (Lehigh’s student run newspaper), and asked President Simon how he thinks that events like this contribute to the Lehigh community. In a smaller school like Lehigh, it is awesome that we can do something like go and meet the president of the school and have a cute and fall themed event like the one held the night of Halloween. It builds up the community and makes you feel more like a part of something, that there is a connection between you and the other students and the president and even your life back home, your parents. It just creates a cohesiveness and an experience that everyone can appreciate and take part in.