Welcome to Add-Drop Period!

The start of the semester is your chance to explore and try something new. You have 32 courses at Williams; make the most of all of them! You just might learn the most when you take a course outside of your comfort zone. Take a risk. Try something new. (And, remember designating a course pass-fail is an option up until halfway through the semester).

Use the first two days of the semester to explore all the Williams curriculum has to offer! Do not limit yourself to the courses you pre-registered for. Go to the first class meetings of courses that look interesting — this is a great way for you to test out a class and see if you like it. Professors welcome students in the first class meeting of open courses (so long as you contact them ahead of time). During the first two days of the semester, you may want to go to five or six (or maybe even more) first class meetings.

This advice, we hope, is as true for first-years as it is for seniors. It is never too late to try something new. As a liberal arts college, there are incredible courses and professors across the three divisions; this is your opportunity to see what is out there in classrooms from Bronfman to Spencer to Hollander.

These are “Your 32.” They are “Your Chance to Explore.” Make the most of it!

Yours in a love of the liberal arts,

Jeffrey Rubel ‘17 and Allegra Simon ‘18

Student Chair of the Committee on Educational Affairs and College Council VP of Academic Affairs

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