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I'm a 20 year old junior at a small liberal arts college. This semester has been a huge rollercoaster for me. I joined a sorority and got really involved in it- I have a really prominent position. I got a new, amazing boyfriend after getting over an extremely difficult break up over a year ago. I made some amazing new friends and started feeling better about myself. However, I made one huge mistake-


I forgot to register for classes for the spring 2008 semester! I'm not sure how I could've forgotten about it. I went and talked to my adviser about what classes I should take, I made out a schedule and everything- but I never actually registered online! I feel like a complete idiot.


Not only am I having mild anxiety attacks about how I'm going to get into any classes for the next semester, my father (who pays the bills for my tuition) is going to figure out that I'm not registered. My father loves me, but I'm terrified of his reaction when he sees that I forgot to do something so important. It makes me physically ill. I have to go back to school a week early for sorority recruitment stuff, so I know I can sort out my registration issues then. But the tuition bill is due on Jan 1st and I don't like keeping secrets from my dad. How do I tell him that I'm not registered for the spring semester, but it will be okay and I can fix it when I go back to school on the 8th?


Both of my parents will be very, very angry when they see that I haven't registered. I just need some guidance on what I should say. I'm dreading how disappointed they're going to be, and the whole "we wish you would be more responsible, maybe we shouldn't have sent you away, how could you forget something so important?" talk.

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I've known people who've missed the registration deadline. It's really not a big deal.. you just have to pay a fine, and the classes you want may already be filled up.


I would try calling your school asap and try to sort everything out before the tuition bill arrives. Don't wait until you actually get back on campus. That way you'll be showing your dad that you are taking full responsibility for your mistake. If you do tell him, have your list of courses ready to show him, and also the phone # for the registration office or whatever that you're going to call.. make it clear that you know what you're doing. Don't just be like, "I messed up.. sorry.." but more "This is what I'm going to do to fix this mistake I made."

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Yeah, Haven, that's an excellent idea. I'm calling the Registration office tomorrow, along with my adviser. It just sucks 'cause I'm the only child- my father lives vicariously through me. I think that is another post I will make on another day, 'cause I can't handle the stress of pleasing him all the time. (When I mess up, it's BAD.)

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