Pre-registration is an important catalyst that helps to drive your
exploration. At this very busy time, you will be responsible
for defining the agenda of our pre-registration meetings.
Prior to meeting, you should post at least 6 course selections (4
top choices and 2 alternatives) to your
journal. Please include the course number, full name, and schedule
meeting time(s). For each course, write one or two sentences explaining
how the course
Next, you should synthesize this by writing a few sentences about
any other thematic goals and/or co-curricular activities contributing
If there are any changes to your four-year plan, review your previous
written rationale or journal posts and comment on these changes. In
particular, you should highlight how your new course selections continue
to relate to elements of a liberal education.
You may also wish to post any outstanding questions you have. It is
conceivable that you may have more questions than declarations (i.e.,
course selections)-this is OK. If that is the case, you must still
reflect on these and put them in writing as helpful preparation for
If you are uncertain about my expectations, you may want to read example
pre-registration posts of both major and tutorial advisees from
- fits your goals for the semester (e.g., what new skills or knowledge
you will obtain)
- relates to the elements of a liberal education
- provides preparation for life after Grinnell
I will signal approval of your preparation with a comment on your
journal or else ask you to make enhancements. Once I have approved
your preparation, you may sign-up for a pre-registration meeting via
the time slots on the advising Wiki: http://grinnell.campuspack.net/Groups/weinman-adv/Pre-Registration_Meetings.
If pre-registration elements are not satisfied after our initial meeting,
you should do whatever work is necessary and post relevant clarifications,
reflections, etc., to your journal so that you may sign-up for another
The process above will allow us to have an expedient, productive discussion
from which you can gain the greatest benefit. Time is valuable for
both of us and I value your curricular choices. Thus, if you are not
prepared for pre-registration, I may not sign your pre-registration
- Before our meeting,
- print a hard copy of your current
(or proposed) four year plan, your course selections and the justifications/reflections
(from your journal) to bring with you. If we've agreed on your course
selections, bring a completed pre-registration form for me to sign.
- During our meeting
- you should take notes regarding
your questions (i.e., answers or referrals).
- After our meeting,
- you should post any information
gathered or clarification received to your journal (particularly if
another meeting is required).