If you find yourself in this situation, the next thing to figure out is how do you increase the odds of getting the classes you crash. For a proactive student, this process starts now. Santa Monica Community College classes start on February 18th and you definitely don’t want to wait until the night before to figure out how you are going to approach crashing classes. You can do two things to set yourself apart from the rest of the crashers. The first thing is to email the teacher two to four weeks before the first day. Tell them how interested you are in the subject they teach, tell them you heard what a great teacher they are from a fellow student and tell them that if you are granted an add slip that you will not waste their time. Explain to them that the class is full and you would love to take it. Follow up by asking if there is any way the teacher can put you at the front of the add list.
On the first day, as many students try to crash each class as there are students enrolled. For example, if the class holds 45 students, 90 students show up. The 45 crashers are competing for anywhere between 1 to 6 openings. Your chances increase greatly when you are near the top of the add list. On the first day of class, arrive early. You’ll make the best impression this way. Walk up to the professor and introduce yourself; remind them that you exchanged emails prior to this moment about adding the class. With an especially popular class, there will be instances where no seats will be available to sit. If this happens to you, don’t walk to the back of the class and be awkward. Find a place against the wall at the end of the first row and bust out your notebook. Granted the first day of classes is always syllabus day, but you want to impress your teacher. Show them you are a force to be reckoned with and that you are there to learn (even if you are half awake and can still feel the effects of last night’s beer pong Olympics).
This will differentiate you from the rest of the class and it will show the teacher that you are determined. Teachers have an unspoken prejudice against crashers, thinking they were just too lazy or too unorganized to prepare in time – when in fact the enrollment system is just too competitive and overloaded with new students.
There are a few more tricks to crash classes, but these are the basics. Also don’t forget that your FAFSA registration is due by March 2nd. Even if you don’t think that you will qualify for any financial aid or don’t need it, apply for it anyway. Grants, which are a type of FAFSA, are the equivalent to free money because you don’t have to pay it back to the government. It will come in handy later down the line when you get accepted and apply for financial aid at a University of California. Now, make it rain.
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Good luck from the CCtoUC team