a current student here
#1 REGISTER EARLY find registration dates then get into the registration process weeks in advance of that date. The school serves upward 3,000 students, meaning you do not want to do anything with the massive drove if you can avoid it. They have a beta program in place to walk first time students through registration and orientation long before it is open to current students.
#2 KNOW WHAT CLASSES YOU WANT it is very likely that the advisor you sit down with won't give you a description break down of every course. They will make suggestions and you might get rushed, as I did, and find yourself in classes you would have never signed up for if only you knew beforehand!
#3 MAKE THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE YOUR HANGOUT I don't have any more than about 2-3 months of experience with HWC, but I learned that you have to be proactive concerning your financial aid. I was delayed getting my book voucher because my information hadn't been put in the system yet. Keep up with them.
#4 COME TO LEARN my goal for this semester is very simple: Get straight As to make you stand out to the universities I want to transfer into. Don't get caught up in any campus drama, extracurricular activities, or scheming how you will milk your refund check (left over financial aid). You will be far more satisfied with your grades and overall outcome if your purpose is to learn!
#5 MAKE FRIENDS FAST there is no on campus housing, so the classmates who sit closest to you are the valuable assets to your studies. Also, get to know your instructors and professors and make them know who you are. The more they know of you personally in an academic setting, the more convincing they mealy write letters of recommendation.