Karen Lin
Staff Photographer
Karen was a photography editor for the Yale Daily News from 2021-2022. She is a senior in Ezra Stiles College and is studying computer science and history of art.
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Shopping Period 101

Here's the News' guide to shopping period!

Shopping Period WED DATES Sept. 1: Classes Begin; Add/Drop Period Begins Sept. 3: Open enrollment begins for remaining seats in discussion and lab sections Sept. 15: Add/Drop Period Ends; Registration worksheets in YCS close. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Students must enroll in between four and five-and-a-half credits. They may take a minimum of credits or up to six credits but must receive permission from their residential college dean to do so. Failure to enroll in both a course and its corresponding lecture or lab section by Sept. 15 will result in a $20 fine. Students must complete all the work for the classes they are shopping. Oct. 29, 2021, is the last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on a student’s transcript. Dropping a class incurs a $20 fine. Unlike previous years, early course registration now takes place at the end of the prior semester, though Yalies can still add or drop courses from their schedule for the first two weeks of the term. Students have six opportunities to use the Credit/D/Fail option — two that expire after their first year, and four that can be used at any point. The deadline to convert a course from a letter grade to Credit/D/Fail is Dec. 10, 2021. ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR SHOPPING PERIOD Some students shop lots of classes, and others do not shop at all — there is no right choice for everyone. Apply for classes early, even if you are unsure about your schedule, but avoid taking a spot in a class you do not actually want to take. Sometimes, last-minute schedule fillers will be your favorite classes. Do not get distracted by the allure of shopping classes. Keep up with the work, because it does affect final grades.

One of the first pieces of advice I received after arriving at Yale was: "Look up"

IN PHOTOS: New Haveners protest indictment ruling in Breonna Taylor case

On Thursday afternoon, 250 community members and students gathered on the New Haven Green to protest the indictment of a police officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman whose death reinvigorated nationwide conversations over race and police brutality. Photography by Karen Lin and Pranav Senthivel.