Many long years ago (three), my brother had the luxury of knowing his classes weeks before hand. Thus, buying books was very easy for him because he had the luxury of having two seasoned veteran book buyers help him with his first semester (i.e., mes parents, for all you bilingual folk). I don't have the same advantage.
Thus, I'm a little aprehensive about this process. Is it really as much of a pain in the ass as I've been told it is? Are the lines at the bookstore ridiculous? By the time my schedule has been solidified, will I have a number of days to complete this process? I've got no idea what to expect!