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Today was busy busy busy!! Despite that, I had a good day.

It was the first day of open/in-person registration. Until today, there were limits on who could register, and they could only sign up online. That means it was mostly returning students or those who had planned ahead with their applications/placement testing/advising, so they had a clue. Better yet, we didn't actually register them, we just provided tech support over the phone *if* they had problems, which most of them didn't.

So today there were some fairly long lines and constant handling of people or phone calls. It was nothing like the old days before web-registration when we had lines of over 500 people, some of whom camped out overnight for better spots in line - I don't think at any one point today we had more than 20 people in a line, but it was definitely steadily busy. Of course, having worked the craziness of old-skool registration where it was ten hour days, no lunch break, no bathroom breaks, and never-ending lines that wrapped around the building and outdoors, I occasionally felt like the cranky grandfather spouting out "in my day we registered people barefoot walking up hill in the snow."

Despite covering the counter during lunch breaks, answering phones, and occasionally coming out of my office to weed down the line when it had more than ten people - I still managed to get most of my work done. I was used to coming in at 7:30 anyway, so I came in early to start the day with an organized and empty desk. Also, since I was used to working until 6 pm anyway, I stayed an hour later to get everything prepped for tomorrow. I didn't clear my desk, but I only have four tasks for the morning. Woot!

I also was an amazingly nice person and helped out one of my coworkers with some of her stuff (which basically was doing my old job -- I really miss evaluating transcripts) so that she doesn't get overwhelmed. This is the busiest time for incoming transcripts and I remember how it felt enduring calls from students complaining that they couldn't register for classes because their transcript wasn't evaluated and why hadn't it been done yet. We're not allowed to say it was probably because people kept calling and interrupting our work to ask why we weren't working and that if they had bothered to submit their transcript more than two days before trying to register for classes perhaps there would have been time to evaluate it.

I did have a few OMG DO YOU HAVE A BRAIN/ARE YOU FROM THE PAST moments dealing with some people, and I fear for the future based on their career choices. Maybe they will get weeded out once they start taking classes. For the most part, everyone was very nice/competent and paid attention. Possibly that's why I'm still cheerful and optimistic about tomorrow. :)

GRADES ARE DUE OMG!!
ADMISSIONS TO THE BSE PROGRAM PHONE CALLS WILL START ONCE GRADES POST ARGH!!!
GRADUATION !??!?!?!?! SO NOT READY WITH THE CLAST CHANGES!!!!!
But I'm not going to panic. I may unplug my phone, but I'm not going to panic.

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