Today, October 23rd, 2006 was the first day that I actually had the option of choosing a class for my university studies. Prior to today and the upcoming semester, all my courses were already picked for me. That is the way of the Computer Engineer at the University of Waterloo. Sounds numb and boring, but let me tell you, choosing your classes isn’t something to be terribly grateful for.
Especially when you practically have no choice anyways.
I planned all along to take the Management option. Sure computers and fun and nice, but I can hardly see myself sitting in front of one for the rest of my life. I’d rather do business, the business of technology, and the management option offered with my major seemed like a great way to go in that direction. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just choosing the prerequisites and clicking submit. No, the two courses I could take to get a start on the option were MSCI 211 and MSCI 311. MSCI 211 is not offered this winter semester and MSCI 311 magically has a scheduling conflict with a tutorial. So I either contact the faculty and get an override code or take something else. Well, to be on the safe side, I signed up for ECON 102 with the famous Larry Smith. Since it seems like UWaterloo doesn’t want to me to take the MSCI courses, I’ll try and fit those in through distance education at a later time. This way I can do some more courses I’m interested in while on campus (not that I could’ve done anything else at this point anyways) and take the requirements for the management options during my co-op terms.
But seriously, it’s frustrating to hear those profs talk about the different options we can take when we really can’t (well, not without jumping through some hoops anyways).