Here you are. You are a senior in college. You have carefully set up your class schedule so that you can get the professors you want. You have the semester all figured out. Until you don’t.
What happened? Well, the professors are told what classes they will be teaching. They start work on preparing the classes during their off time and then, suddenly, they are shifted to another set of classes.
It’s not our fault. We are team players and we do what the Powers That Be want. We need to support the needs of our department, even if that throws a monkey wrench in our plans. And yours. It is our job to teach our students but it is also important that we support the folks who make the decisions.
So where does that leave you? If you really do have a choice about what classes you take for your Degree Completion Program, then shift some classes around so that you still get that favorite professor. (It’s so flattering to have a student come and beg to be in your class, that I will oversubscribe a class just to help a student out.)
Keep in mind that lots of folks drop during the drop/add period, so you may still be able to get into that special professor’s class, even without begging!
Hang in there. If you still can’t get into the teacher’s class, stop by and chat with him or her during office hours. You might even grab lunch with him or her. You can still be around that person, you just need to be creative.