November 6, 2017
Writer: IT Communications Writer

One of the most stressful things about class planning is being put on the waitlist for a class. You check your email several times a day for that email that will get you off of it, then one day you get a little too busy to check it, you miss the email, and you have to either talk to the professor and hope for mercy or you have to wait a whole 'nother semester to take it.   

This very thing happened to Gemima Garfunkel (name has been changed).   

She had registered for classes for the very first time ever in the months before Fall 2014. She had woken up at 6 in the morning to try and beat the rush to all of her classes, just like most people. Thankfully, she got into most of her classes except for one: Foundations English 101. The professor that she wanted had 10 people on the waitlist (11 including her). This class worked perfectly with her schedule and she didn't want to have to research a new professor, so she decided to wait.   

Every day, Gemima would look through her school email to see if she received that coveted open seat. She watched as she got closer and closer to being the first in line for a spot. This poor girl checked her email religiously, she was that determined to get into this specific class.   

But then it happened. She didn't know why or how, but one night at 11 o'clock pm she remembered to check her email. She hadn't done it since earlier the night before, and she knew she had to check her emails every day or else.    

Sitting in her inbox was that long-awaited email, but it was all in vain. The email had been sent at 10 o'clock pm the day before. She had missed the opening by an hour.   

This story, though tragic, has a happy ending. She got in contact with the professor and he let her into the class anyway, but all of this frustration could have been avoided if she had only forwarded her school email to her personal account! Sweet, young Gemima didn't even know that that was an option back then.   

To avoid becoming a cautionary tale like this, check your school email every day. If that is something you don't do or aren't in the habit of, you can always have your school email forwarded to your personal email. Learn how by using IT's self-help tutorials