By BookRenter Digital Intern, Joyce Du
It’s the end of August and most of my home friends’s Facebook statuses say something along the line of “Back at school,” “Senior year, here I come…” On the polar end of the spectrum, my statuses say “A few more weeks to go, what am I going to do?”
This is the greatness of going to a school on a quarter system. Unlike my friends in the semester system, my school year is broken down into three quarters, each ten weeks long, followed by a much-deserved break.
There are perks, as well as pitfalls with the quarter system, in my opinion – and here are some of them:
- I get to learn more! (My internal nerd speaking here)
- Summer vacation always feels longer
- Falls and springs are lengthier
- Only taking 3-4 classes/quarter
- Classes are not drawn out over a four-month period
- All my friends leave in the middle of August
- Winter is sometimes “too” long
- More midterms and finals
- My vacations don’t align with friends that go to semester-system schools
So do the perks outweigh the pitfalls? I don’t really know. All I know is I’m going into my senior year, and countdown for graduations starts in just a little over a month.
What are your thoughts? Which would you prefer?