Bidding results were released last week, and things did not go very well for me…once again. I didn’t realize that the results were out because I was head-down in the work I was doing, but I knew something was up when I saw 18 emails between my friends at school in a 5-minute stretch of time. That prompted me to check and learn that I had only gotten into 1 class: MORS-468 - Managerial Leadership with Professor Kraemer (who graces my banner above).  I just barely outbid the minimum clearing price by 20 points.

On the one hand, I’m bummed that I didn’t get my superstar line-up; apparently, I am not as good at it as Miami, though I just wanted to do what was best for Orlando O’Neill. On the other hand, I’m really glad that I didn’t get all of my initial picks, because it forces me to go back and take a harder look at classes. Unfortunately, I let myself get swayed way too much by the teacher rankings when selecting classes. Normally, my approach to selecting a class is to:
<ol><li> Check for classes that I’m targeting, like Managerial Leadership, and bid the highest clearing price from the last couple of years plus some premium…say 100-150 points. I usually end up targeting classes that I hear about from classmates and fit well into my interests.</li><li>Next, I search the course catalog by Course Name for anything that sounds interesting. I tend to prefer classes in majors that I’m interested in, but I am willing to bid on classes that fall outside of those majors as well.</li><li>If the Course Name piques my curiosity enough, then I’ll check the student ratings for the professor teaching that course. I focus on the professor and course ratings, and then follow it up with the workload rating (no more repeats of last quarter :) ). This is where I’m weak; if the ratings aren’t as good as I’d like, I won’t bid on the class. Instead, I’ll opt to either not take it or else wait to take it another quarter with a different professor.</li><li>Finally, I read over the course synopsis to confirm that it is something I’d be interested in taking. If the description is way out there, then I won’t bid on it.</li></ol>The second round of bidding is underway, so I went ahead and placed bids on 3 more classes. I am on the wait list for 2 of my original classes, and I’m hoping that I’ll at least get into Financial Decisions.