When students take more than 21 hours each semester, the stress can seem to pile up. But with the goal of graduation in mind, it seems to balance out. I take an average of 21 credit hours each semester so I can graduate a year ahead of schedule.
Jenny Orson is a sophomore in communication
College: the best four years of your life. Or it might be five years, or even six. Although college can be finished in less than four years, it is important that college students make use of all the experiences and opportunities offered in the four-year college experience.
Freshman year you learn about campus, meet new people and get adjusted to your surroundings. The entire year is spent learning who you are as an adult while living on your own. There are new things to experience, more difficult classes and people to meet. Sophomore year is the time to get involved on campus and expand your horizons. Students have the chance to join clubs that align with their interests and they will meet people involved on campus. Junior year is the time to increase your involvement with the organizations you belong to and find hobbies in your spare time. Junior year also offers the opportunity for internships and job experience before you commit to a career. Finally, senior year is the time to look toward the future. Seniors are busy searching for jobs, going to interviews, applying to graduate school and deciding where they’re going to go after graduation.
Each year of college holds its own unique experiences and opportunities. Many of these opportunities are not available to students until they reach a certain year. For example, internships and research opportunities are often given to upperclassmen who need the experience. If someone graduated in three years, they may not get the opportunity to experience their field hands-on before they commit to their career. College is meant to prepare us so we can contribute to the communities we live in. A college education isn’t simply meant to give us the skills we need in the workplace, nor is the experience only found in the classroom. Students should be going to college to learn life skills, like how to communicate effectively, and how to be a well-rounded person. Students who rush through the college experience by taking many classes each semester will miss out on the experiences vital to becoming more than just an employee. The opportunity to gain skills offered by campus organizations or perform research or take an internship should not be forfeited for one year’s salary. The college experience should be enjoyed and soaked up by every college student who has the opportunity.
Sarah Poland is a sophomore in biology